Jury awards boy $31M for botched circumcision

Jury awards boy $31M for botched circumcision

[Ed. – The unkindest cut.]

A Clayton County jury on Friday awarded a boy about $31 million for a botched circumcision, a spokeswoman for his family’s law firm said.

It isn’t yet clear which of the defendants will have to pay and how much because records weren’t immediately available. The child’s mother, Stacie Willis, didn’t want to comment Friday night.

The boy was 18 days old in October 2013 when the flick of a knife at Riverdale’s Life Cycle Pediatrics severed part of his penis and set into motion a lifetime of issues. The plaintiff’s attorneys said the child, whose name is being withheld, will suffer mental anguish for years because of his deformity. There is also physical pain from chronic scabbing.

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Defense attorney Terrell W. Benton, who represents the nurse midwife and doctor who have been found liable, had told the jury Thursday that $1 million should cover the boy’s medical expenses, as well as the the costs of long-term therapy and suffering.

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