A Suffolk County jury found a Randolph doctor was negligent in the death of a college basketball player and awarded more than $2 million to the parents of Antwoine Key, who died in 2005 during a game in Worcester.
Dr. Dorina R. Abdulah had examined Key, a 22 year-old student in 2001 in order to decide whether he was medically eligible to play college sports.
After his death, an autopsy found Key had died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that often affects athletes.
During the medical exam, Abdulah found a “slight systolic murmur’’ in his heart but signed a clearance form stating that Key was in “excellent health’’ and had no physical restrictions. The attorneys contend Abdulah did not perform a thorough enough examination.
On Jan. 20, 2005, at a game against Worcester State College, Key collapsed during the first quarter. He was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.
The jury awarded Key’s parents, $600,000 each in compensation for their loss, and $400,000 for the pain and suffering their son endured, totaling $1.6 million.