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May 4, 2012 12:49 PM by Associated Press (DS)

Woman Awarded $2.5-Million After Chicken Bone Injury

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A California jury has awarded nearly $2.5 million to a woman who said she almost died when a chicken bone pierced her esophagus while eating at a Round Table pizza restaurant.

Fifty-nine-year-old Calla Felicity says she and her mom were eating a barbecue chicken pizza at the restaurant in South San Francisco in 2010 when the 1.2-inch chicken bone injured her.

She required more than 11 surgeries and said she spent months on feeding tubes and liquid diets.

The Contra Costa County jury found Foster Poultry Farms and Pizza Bytes, the franchisee for the South San Francisco Round Table, negligent in the case last month. Foster Farms provides chicken strips to Round Table.

The jury awarded Felicity $2 million for pain and suffering and nearly $500,000 for medical expenses.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/JYdxlp) it couldn't reach an attorney for the defendants Thursday.

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