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Apr 21, 8:04 AM EDT

Judge: Parents of boy hurt by forceps delivery get $42M



A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries caused by a doctor who used forceps to deliver the boy.

The verdict delivered Thursday by a federal judge in Harrisburg stems from a six-day trial in September on claims by a Chambersburg couple, Christiana Late and Nathan Armolt.

Their son, identified only as D.A., understands language but can't speak, read or write and will eventually have to use a motorized wheelchair.

The couple sued the federal government for errors allegedly made by an obstetrician at Keystone Women's Health Center, a federally supported facility, during the boy's February 2012 birth.

Keystone officials say they're "saddened" by the boy's hardships and disabilities.

Most of the verdict - about $33 million - is to cover the boy's future medical care.

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