A Philadelphia jury has handed up a $42.9 million award in a medical malpractice case stemming from the premature birth of a child who suffered multiple physical and cognitive impairments as a result.

The verdict in Harris v. Chestnut Hill Hospital was handed up in Judge Mark I. Bernstein’s courtroom in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Friday. The verdict was awarded for the future medical expenses of Phinees Fortson, who was born in 2007 at nearly 25 weeks’ gestation.

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