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Jury Awards $144M in Birth Injury Suit

A jury in Michigan awarded $144 million to a mother whose daughter will require life-long care after doctors refused to perform a Caesarean section 15 years ago.

The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly VanSlembrouck against Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and the doctors who delivered her daughter, Markell VanSlembrouck.

The jury found the hospital and doctor Andrew J. Halperin negligent for forcing 10-pound, 12-ounce Markell to be delivered naturally, which caused her to suffer brain hemorrhaging and severe brain trauma.

Attorneys for the hospital say they plan to appeal the verdict.