NYC Jury Awards Woman $15M for Failure to Diagnose Glaucoma

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A woman who says she went blind after doctors at a New York City hospital failed to diagnose her glaucoma has won $15 million in a malpractice lawsuit.

The Daily News reports that a jury in Brooklyn awarded the money to Amanda Velasquez on Thursday.
Velasquez was pregnant in 2011 and complained of blurred vision and pressure around her eyes during prenatal examinations at the Woodhull Medical Center.

According to the case, the doctors at Woodhull never diagnosed glaucoma. Velasquez said he was eventually operated on for the disease but was blinded by 90 percent compared to that time.

Velasquez’s lawyer, Ralph DeSimone, said that Woodhull’s employees were “fixed in pregnancy” and never looked in his eyes.

A spokesman for the NYC Health and Hospitals, which oversees Woodhull, said the decision would appeal.

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