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Couple gets $60.9 million for hospital's negligence

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has awarded $60.9 million to a couple whose son suffered severe brain damage when he was born in a Navy hospital two years ago.

The award is believed to be the largest ever under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue the federal government for the negligent conduct of its employees.

Raiza Bravo and Oscar Rodriguez, a Navy serviceman, claimed doctors waited too long to perform a caesarean section to deliver their son at the Mayport Naval Station obstetric clinic.

Kevin, now 2, cannot see, speak or swallow.