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Jury awards millions in teen amputation case

March 10, 2008

Albany --  A Sumter County family was awarded $24-million in a civil suit after they say negligence caused the amputation of a teenager's leg.

Fourteen-year-old Reginald Harris fell and injured his right knee in July 2005. He later had surgery at Sumter Regional hospital performed by Doctor Duncan Marsh.

Harris's family claimed the hospital staff ignored repeated complaints that the boy couldn't feel or move his toes. He later had his leg amputated above the knee at Phoebe Putney Hospital.

Reginald's mother wanted someone to take responsibility.

"Just people being at fault for what happened to him and someone taking accountability for what happened," said Sherry Thomas.

"He displayed multiple warning signs which were ignored and never followed up on. The hospital failed to report those signs to the physician," said Attorney Adam Malone.

Monday, a jury ruled in favor of the family and awarded them a little more than $24 million dollars. Sumter Regional Hospital was held 90% at fault, Albany Orthopaedic 7% at fault, and Dr. Duncan Marsh was found to be 3% at fault.

Reginald is now 18 and says he's learned to deal with his leg amputation.  The family says they're satisfied with Monday's verdict.

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