Chantel Giacalone’s household was awarded the $29.5 million sum Friday when a jury discovered that the responding ambulance service negligently handled her in 2013, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“No less than my daughter will probably be taken care of. I’m glad about that,” her father, Jack Giacalone, mentioned after the decision was learn.
On Feb. 20, 2013, then-27-year-old Giacalone was modeling garments at a vogue commerce present on the Mandalay Bay South Conference Middle when her pal purchased her frozen yogurt and put a bite-size pretzel on high.
Giacalone, an aspiring actress, went into anaphylactic shock after taking a chunk.
Her lawyer, Christian Morris, mentioned she misplaced oxygen to her mind for a interval of minutes after searching for remedy from MedicWest Ambulance, which was operating the medic station that day.
Throughout the three-week civil trial, Morris argued that neither of the 2 medics on-site that day had IV epinephrine, an adrenaline remedy for extreme allergic reactions required by the Southern Nevada Well being District.
The medics solely had intramuscular epinephrine of their luggage, which they used on Giacalone — however IVs are required when a affected person goes into full anaphylaxis.
“Each minute of Chantel’s life has been inextricably altered,” Morris mentioned in court docket. “Each single minute since she walked into that medic room to an organization that selected income over affected person care.”
MedicWest denied any wrongdoing and mentioned the end result was inevitable due to Giacalone’s heightened sensitivity to peanuts.
However, her dad mentioned, “The reality got here out. As a result of what occurred in that room was nothing. They let my daughter linger.”
“All of the anguish that we’ve been by for the final eight years, I’m not glad about,” Jack Giacalone mentioned. “I simply hope MedicWest adjustments their methods.”
On the time of the incident, Chantel had been launching her performing profession, with roles within the 2009 thriller “The Butterfly Impact 3: Revelations” and the net collection “Hole Partitions.”
Now 35, she is quadriplegic, must be fed by a tube and might solely talk together with her eyes, in keeping with the Evaluation-Journal.
Her dad and mom present Chantel with 24-hour care. They mentioned the cash from the lawsuit will probably be invested in her future care and a brand new residence that’s extra conducive to her wants.