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Woman wins $28.9M verdict in suit against health provider

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A southwestern Missouri jury has ordered a health provider to pay roughly $29 million to a woman who argued that doctors’ failure to timely diagnose her rare disorder made her reliant on a feeding tube.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Greene County jurors last week sided with Emilee Williams of Springfield in her 2015 lawsuit against Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities.

Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities is a component of Chesterfield-based Mercy Health.

Mercy Clinic Springfield says in a statement that Williams remains in its prayers as she fights a hereditary disease, and that the health provider will consider its legal options. Mercy Clinic says it believes it provided appropriate care.

The lawsuit said Williams suffered from Wilson’s disease, a disorder that causes copper to accumulate in vital organs.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader

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