- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A legislative subcommittee has reduced by 75 percent a $2 million award to a family whose then-15-year-old son had the wrong side of his brain operated on in 2004.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1WbYXMI ) the subcommittee agreed Wednesday to a $500,000 payment to Cody Metheny’s family after members noted the family has won previous lawsuits.

Metheny had the operation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to reduce the number of seizures he was experiencing. But the surgeon, who was from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, removed part of the wrong side of the brain before completing the surgery on the correct side.

A $20 million judgment for the family against Children’s was later reduced to $11 million and the family reached a $1 million settlement with the surgeon.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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