Massachusetts Jury Awards $1.6M in Suit over College Student’s Death

March 29, 2010

A jury has awarded a Massachusetts couple $1.6 million in a malpractice lawsuit over the death of their son on a college basketball court.

Antwoine Key, a 22-year-old senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, collapsed during a game at Worcester State College in 2005. His death was blamed on a congenital heart defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Attorneys for Tony and Angela Key said the condition should have been diagnosed by Dr. Dorina Abdulah, who examined Key in Boston in 2001 and signed a college medical form saying he was in excellent health.

Abdulah’s attorney said the doctor scheduled Key for an echocardiogram at a hospital after the initial examination, but that Key did not show up for the second test.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury delivered the verdict Friday after five days of deliberations.

Topics Lawsuits Education Massachusetts Universities

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