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$12.5M Settlement Awarded After Tonsil Surgery Leads to Leg Amputation

A Staten Island couple has settled its malpractice lawsuit against a New Jersey hospital and medical staff for $12.5 million arising from the amputation of their young son’s leg due to complications from tonsil surgery.

The boy was 5 years old at the time, said online filings in Essex County (N.J.) Superior Court. His name is being withheld due to his age.

In April 2015, the child underwent surgery at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston to remove his tonsils and adenoids, said court papers. Complications arose requiring emergency resuscitation, court filings said.

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