Posted on Jun 30, 2008

Couple's Baby Died at Tampa General Hospital

Published: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9:31 p.m.

TAMPA | A jury hearing a civil lawsuit against Tampa General Hospital awarded a $12 million judgment Friday to a Polk County couple whose premature baby died there after having been transferred from Winter Haven Hospital.

Parents Allyson Parham and Robert Gardner contended in their suit that TGH didn’t have the appropriate specialists on its staff to deal with their baby’s infection. The suit is one of at least nine with similar allegations filed by Tampa lawyer Harold Tripp Sebring.

Amanda Sparks, a Fort Meade resident who is among the other parents in those suits and was in the Tampa courtroom Friday, said the family “cried and cried and cried” when the verdict was announced.

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