Brooklyn Multiple Amputee Wins $18M in Settlement

Tabitha Mullings' nightmare began in 2008 when she went to the emergency room was sent home with a diagnosis of a kidney stone.

Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 7:59 AM EDT
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A Brooklyn mother who had her hands and legs amputated has won a $17.9 million settlement from the city and a hospital.     

Tabitha Mullings will receive $9.4 million from Brooklyn Hospital Center and $8.5 million from the city, reports the Daily News.      

The hospital and city say they settled because a sympathetic jury would have been swayed by Mullings' severe injuries.      

Her nightmare began in 2008 when she went to the emergency room was sent home with a diagnosis of a kidney stone.      

She experienced excruciating pain and numbness the next day and called 911 but wasn't taken to the hospital.      

She developed a sepsis infection by the time she went to the hospital the following day. Gangrene spread to her extremities.      

Though the legal victory marks the end of a three-year court battle in her favor, Mullings says she's lost her limbs for the rest of her life. 

"I may be the strongest women on Earth; at the end of the day someone has to put a pin in my hair," she told the News.

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