Brooks wins $1M in suit against hospital
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Brooks wins $1M in suit against hospital

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – Garth Brooks won a $1 million ruling in a court suit against an Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of his late mother.

Jurors ruled Tuesday that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Okla. must return Brooks' $500,000 donation plus a similar amount in punitive damages. Brooks said he had reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital's president for the center, but sued after finding out Integris sought to use the money for other projects.

An Associated Press story said the hospital argued that Brooks gave it unrestricted access to the $500,000 donation and later asked to build the women's center and name it after his mother, Colleen Brooks. She died of cancer in 1999.

"Obviously we are disappointed, particularly with the jury's decision to award damages above and beyond the $500,000," Integris spokesman Hardy Watkins said. "We're just glad to see the case come to a resolution."

Brooks called the jurors "heroes," adding "I no longer feel like I'm crazy."

Brooks testified at the trail that he thought he had a firm deal with the hospital. IT was first suggested that her name be on an intensive care unit, later changing to a women's center.

"I jumped all over it," Brooks told jurors in tearful testimony. "It's my mom. My mom was pregnant as a teenager. She had a rough start. She wanted to help every kid out there."

"This little pistol, she deserves nothing but good," Brooks said.


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