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$89m award likely to go to appeal in US

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:223
  1. F B Charatan

    An $89m (pounds sterling 59m) award made by a Californian jury to the family of a woman who died of breast cancer is likely to be contested in the appeal courts, legal experts said last week. The woman, Nelene Fox, was refused insurance cover for bone marrow transplantation on the grounds that it was of unproved value.

    Mrs Fox was found to have breast cancer at the age of 38 in 1991. She had bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy but developed bony metastases. When she sought a bone marrow …

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