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Mass. Jury Gives $13.5M to Family of ‘Cured’ Woman Who Died of Treatment

Posted Nov 6, 2008 4:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Experimental bone cancer treatment cured a 40-year-old Massachusetts woman, as an autopsy determined after she died of side effects from the treatment.

So a Suffolk Superior Court jury awarded $13.5 million yesterday to the family of Amy Altman, finding that the mother of two would have survived if doctors at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute had properly investigated her complaints of diarrhea and determined the cause, reports the Boston Globe.

Interest on the jury's $9.4 million award concerning her 2003 death brought the total to $13.5 million.

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