On Wednesday, a Kane County jury in the 16th circuit awarded $21 million to a woman left paralyzed by an error in a routine procedure in 2003.
The woman, a then 37-year old mother of three, had undergone a routine procedure at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, and was recovering nicely when a nurse incorrectly disconnected a catheter and allowed air into her blood vessel.
The woman next suffered an embolism which caused a stroke. The stroke caused the woman to suffer severe paralysis and the loss of her ability to speak. The jury awarded $8.5 million in past and future medical care, $500,000 for pain and suffering and $12.5 million for loss of a normal life in this medical malpractice case.
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