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US Agrees to Pay 11-year-old $125,000 for Thumb Amputation

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP)- The federal government has agreed to pay an 11-year-old girl $125,000 to settle a lawsuit over her thumb, which was amputated in 2011 after she went to a Navy clinic in Norfolk for stitches.

A judge agreed Thursday to the settlement.

Court documents indicate Baeyla Gutierrez's left thumb was injured when the tip was pinched in a car door in August 2011. Staff at Sewells Point Branch Medical Clinic in Norfolk applied a compression wrap. The lawsuit said the wrap impaired Baeyla's circulation and led to necrosis. Her thumb was amputated August 24.

The money will be invested in an annuity and provide lump sum payouts to Baeyla when she is 18, 21 and 25.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

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