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$10M OK'd for girl's amputations after ER delay

$10 million goes to family of girl whose extremities were amputated after emergency room delay By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ' The family of a California girl whose extremities were amputated because of a lengthy emergency room delay has agreed to a $10 million malpractice settlement.

The Sacramento Bee ( ) reports Malyia Jeffers was 2 years old when her parents took her to Sacramento's Methodist Hospital with a fever, skin discoloration and weakness. She was seen by a doctor five hours later and was flown to Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Stanford doctors found that Streptococcus A had invaded her blood and organs. Doctors amputated her feet, her left hand and part of her right hand.

Most of the money will be placed in a trust for the girl's current needs and an annuity that will provide her with $16,000 a month when she turns 18.


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