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$10 million awarded to girl who needed amputations after ER delay

October 28, 2011 |  7:26 am

This post has been corrected. Please see the note at bottom for details.

A 2-year-old whose extremities were amputated after she waited in a Sacramento emergency room too long has been awarded a $10-million malpractice settlement.

The parents of Malyia Jeffers took her to Sacramento’s Methodist Hospital last November with a fever, skin discoloration and weakness, the Sacramento Bee reports.

It took five hours for a doctor to see her. She was then flown to Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where doctors found that Streptococcus A had invaded her blood and organs.

They amputated her feet, her left hand and part of her right hand.

Most of the money will be placed in a trust fund to cover Jeffers’ needs; when she turns 18, an annuity is expected to provide her with $16,000 a month.

[For the Record, 2:39 p.m., Oct. 28: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that the girl's arms and legs were amputated.]


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