An unidentified 10 year-old Massachusetts boy has received $8 million in a medical malpractice settlement. The settlement was with a Massachusetts hospital, after an alleged negligently undiagnosed spinal tumor left the young boy a paraplegic.
The boy was admitted to a local hospital in late 2007, and diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Arrangements were made to transfer the boy to a larger hospital to be treated for his leukemia, and he was set to remain in the hospital until the transfer. In the two days following his diagnosis, however, the boy got progressively weaker and lost some feeling in his lower extremities. Eventually, an MRI was conducted. Doctors then discovered a large tumor on the boy’s spine.
Doctors performed emergency spinal surgery, but were unable to successfully remove the tumor. While the boy’s leukemia is currently in remission, he has been a paraplegic since the failed surgery.
The boy sued the doctors and hospitals for medical malpractice, alleging that tumors such as his are common for leukemia patients. Accordingly, it was alleged that the tumor should have been found and treated much earlier. The medical malpractice complaint alleged that if medical personnel had discovered his tumor when he was initially admitted to the hospital, he would have been spared from becoming a paraplegic.
The defendants settled the medical mistake lawsuit with the boy earlier this year for $8,000,000.
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