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Family of Boy Disabled at Birth Awarded $32 Million

Oct 22, 2004 | AP
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Seven-Year-Old Boy Who Was Disabled At Birth.

A Cook County jury has awarded 32 (m) million dollars to the family of a seven-year-old boy who was disabled at birth.

The jury ruled yesterday that St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island and Doctor Mary Ann Dean-Onayemi were negligent in Tairay Sewell's injuries.

Tairay is confined to a wheelchair. He can't walk, speak or eat on his own.

Injuries Occurred Because Of Medical Staff.

The family attorney says his injuries occurred because the medical staff didn't intervene when problems arose during his birth.

His mother, 27-year-old Misty Campbell, says the money will allow her to buy everything her son needs, including a wheelchair-accessible van, house and therapy.

Spokeswoman Debra Robbins says hospital officials are disappointed with the verdict. She says the medical staff acted appropriately.

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