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April 18, 2013

Ga. family awarded $17 million in hospital suit

ATLANTA — A DeKalb County family has been awarded more than $17 million after a jury found a physician’s assistant liable for causing a man’s brain injury.

Sheriod Merritt was hit by a stray bullet in a shooting and was taken to Grady Hospital for surgery. His parents say he was in a coma when they came to pick him up.

The Merritt’s attorney says an Emory University anesthesiologist and a Grady physician’s assistant didn’t follow proper procedures when Merritt was coming out of surgery. A civil complaint alleged Merritt went without oxygen for seven to eight minutes.

Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/15mWowu ) Merritt violently awoke from anesthesia and fought with medical personnel. In the process, she says his breathing tube came dislodged. The hospital is appealing the ruling.  

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

 

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