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Brain-Damaged Boy Awarded $23 Million For Botched Birth

October 3, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ An 8-year-old boy won a $23 million award from a jury that found a botched birth robbed him of his motor skills and ability to speak.

After a monthlong trial, a jury decided Tuesday that doctors at Booth Memorial Hospital were negligent in the premature birth of Tristan Royal in April 1988.

The hospital, now called The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, said Wednesday that it would appeal because the jury obviously was ``overwhelmed by the devastating injury to the infant″ and based its verdict on emotion. Tristan now suffers from cerebral palsy.

Thomas Moore, the family lawyer, said the medical staff had failed to diagnose a urinary tract infection Tristan’s mother, Sherry Royal, had suffered during pregnancy, resulting in premature labor that put the baby at risk.

He also said a doctor did not examine the mother until eight hours after she was admitted, and that medical records were falsified to cover up for an inexperienced resident who severely damaged the child’s head in the Caesarean section delivery by pushing and pulling at it.

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