After a decade-long legal battle, a Long Island family has been awarded $130 million for medical mistakes that left their little girl "a prisoner in her own body" - the second largest malpractice verdict in state history.
Danni and Frank Reilly sued St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, L.I., charging the hospital's mistakes were to blame for their daughter Shannon being born with severe brain damage in 2002.
The now-10-year-old girl "suffers from a form of cerebral palsy that makes her a prisoner in her own body," said the family's lawyer, Thomas Moore. "She cannot walk and she cannot speak. But she hears and understands and is exquisitely aware of everything that is going on around her."
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