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Jury awards family $3 million in ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuit

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A verdict was handed down Friday afternoon in a so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuit against Legacy Health System.

In a unanimous decision, a jury awarded the Levy family nearly $3 million in damages.

The lawsuit stemmed from the couple's daughter being born with Down syndrome, despite having prenatal tests to screen for it.

According to court documents, the plaintiffs chose to continue the pregnancy based on those test results.

The family sued for the lifetime cost of their daughter's medical, therapeutic and educational needs.

The girl will turn 5 in June.

In a statement, the family said, "We are very relieved that the jury determined that Legacy should share in the responsibility for providing what our daughter, whom we love very much, is going to need."

Legacy Health also issued a statement expressing disappointment in the verdict and its intent to explore other options.

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