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Monday, 27 July 2009 09:52

STUART, Florida (AP) — A jury has found in favor of a South Florida hospital that quietly chartered a plane and sent a seriously brain injured illegal immigrant back to Guatemala over the objections of his family and legal guardian.

Health care and immigration experts across the country have closely watched the court case decided Monday in the sleep beach town of Stuart. They say it underscores the dilemma facing hospitals with patients who require long-term care, are unable to pay and don't qualify for federal or state aid because of their immigration status.

The lawsuit sought nearly $1 million to cover the estimated lifetime costs of the man's care in Guatemala, as well as damages.