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Jury awards family $130M in medical malpractice case
ROYAL OAK — A jury has awarded the family of a boy who suffered brain damage after being treated at a suburban Detroit hospital more than $130 million in a medical malpractice case.
The McKeen & Associates law firm announced the verdict yesterday following a trial in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.
The firm said that in 2006, technicians at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak delayed calling a code blue and failed to give chest compressions as required by the standard of care to then-2-month-old Vihn Tran.
The boy's brain was deprived of oxygen. He now suffers from cerebral palsy.
Beaumont Hospital said in a statement that it took the case before a jury because the hospital believes the care delivered "was appropriate."
The hospital plans to appeal.