Malpractice case gets $13 million

September 5, 2002

BY GARY WISBY STAFF REPORTER




A child who suffered severe brain damage when given an improperly mixed intravenous solution as an infant has been awarded $13 million in a settlement with Evanston Hospital.

Jahkari Newsom was born prematurely but was progressing when hospital personnel gave him a solution of sodium chloride when he was 3 weeks old, said his attorney, Robert Clifford.

The child now suffers from cerebral palsy, weakness in all four limbs and spastic muscles.

Jahkari has the cognitive ability of a 1-year-old, although he is now 4. He requires around-the-clock care.

In another court settlement, a 67-year-old Buffalo Grove woman who was paralyzed after undergoing kidney surgery received $5.5 million from Loyola University Medical Center.

Marie Italiano, also a Clifford client, suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down after the operation in March 1999.

Italiano is in a wheelchair and also requires around-the-clock care.



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