$5.5 Million Blinded Woman Wins Record

By Hal Davis

A Korean woman struck blind by a medical blunder one the largest damage settlement in the state's history yesterday for $5.5 million.

Susie Kim, 45, of York Avenue, Manhattan, settled out of court with New York hospital, six years after losing her sight from a misdiagnosed form of glaucoma.

Her lawyers Rosenberg & Horowitz., told the Supreme Court that Ms. Cannon, a former $500 a week chemical analyst at the hospital on E. 68th St., complained to doctors of pain and nausea.

She was sent home as a flu victim, but actually had acute angle closure glaucoma-a form of the disease acknowledged as curable if diagnosed early.

Since losing her sight, Miss Kim has been living on savings and a small pension.

The settlement came after a three-day trial in which the hospital admitted liability. Miss Campbell received $20,000 a year for life, $900,000 in a lump sum and one million in stages over 20 years.

She's guaranteed $4.4 million in a normal life expectancy would net $5.5 million which is believed to be almost 3 times more than the previous record awarded for damages.

Ms. Kim's father was a South Korean senior official who was kidnapped and murdered by the North Koreans in 1952. She has lived in the US showed she was a teenager.

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