MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded a college student more than $111 million in damages after concluding negligent care of his injured leg following surgery led to a permanent disability.

The jury verdict this week, which could be one of the state's largest personal injury awards, is the result of a 2019 lawsuit brought by 25-year-old Anuj Thapa against St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates in Sartell.

Thapa had surgery for a broken leg at CentraCare's St. Cloud Hospital in 2017. He was left with a condition that occurs when excess pressure builds in a muscle group.

According to trial testimony, Thapa has had at least a dozen surgeries on his leg since then and has disabling, permanent damage.

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