Paraplegic loses case over rare stem-cell surgery

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August 15, 2011

DETROIT

Associated Press

A MOTORCYCLE wreck turned a Lenawee County man into a paraplegic. Desperate for any relief, he chose stem-cell surgery in Europe, a procedure that may have improved his health but left him with a $51,000 bill.

Now, after years of litigation, the Michigan Supreme Court says Kevin Krohn's auto insurance company doesn't have to pay, declaring that the experimental surgery -- not approved in the U.S. -- was not "reasonably necessary" under state law.

The recent 4-3 ruling closes a case in which the court's conservative Republican majority prevailed over liberal Democratic justices. At least six civil cases this year have been decided by the same mar ...

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News date : 08/15/2011    Category : Tribune Stories

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