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Brain Damage Victim Awarded $16 Million

A Florida woman left brain damaged after a botched operation was recently awarded $16 million in damages by a Miami-Dade jury.

Lourdes Landis, 48, underwent brain surgery in 2001 to have a benign tumor removed. She suffered a seizure shortly after being discharged. An ambulance arrived almost immediately, but subsequent oxygen deprivation caused her to suffer brain damage and lapse into a coma.

According to her complaint, Jacques J. Morcos – the neurosurgeon who performed the operation – mishandled the procedure and failed to provide adequate postoperative care. Landis’ attorneys, Frank Rodriguez and Jay Halpern, argued that the operation itself was not even necessary.

Prior to the operation, Landis, who was fluent in six languages and working toward a master’s degree, served as the director of public relations for the Clerk of Courts.

“Lourdes was accustomed to success,” said Halpern. “Everybody loved her. She was very bright, independent. Now, every time she tries something, she’s failing. And she’s very aware of her limitations. She’ll say, ‘I used to be smart. But now I’m stupid.’”

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