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$11.5M settlement in Navy hospital birth case

NORFOLK (AP) The federal government has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a medical negligence lawsuit by a Virginia couple involving the birth of their son five years ago at a military hospital in Guam.

A federal judge on Sept. 13 approved the monetary settlement to help the parents care for their child, who suffers severe and permanent brain damage.

Deardre and Daniel Bebeau Sr. — Navy petty officers living in Virginia Beach — sued for malpractice after their son was born in 2014 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam, The Virginia-Pilot of Norfolk reported. They were stationed there at the time.

The recovery would have been capped at $2.15 million if Virginia law had applied, the paper reported.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Virginia — who defended the government — declined comment. Court documents show defense attorneys stressed there was no admission of wrongdoing.

The family was represented by Michael Imprevento of Virginia Beach, the paper reported.

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