The family of a Staten Island teen who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of a premature birth won a $100 million lawsuit yesterday against the hospital where she was born, attorneys in the case said.
Stephanie Debes, now 17, and her twin sister, Amanda, were born three months early after St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Staten Island allegedly failed to give them proper care, said Richard Sgarlato, the Debes family’s attorney.
Amanda was OK. But Stephanie, as a result of her premature birth, suffered a brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy, Sgarlato said.
“I watch my twin sister go out with her friends to parties and stuff. I don’t get to do as much as the average teenager,” Stephanie said. “The award will help me do whatever I want to do in life and give me a little more freedom.”
“Stephanie’s life is a pretty lonely one. She doesn’t have a lot of friends,” said her father, Rob Debes, 53, a retired UPS employee.