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A former high school student disfigured by a chemistry experiment was awarded nearly $60million on Monday by a jury that had heard him testify that the fireball left him in unbearable pain and feeling like he was 'hopelessly burning alive.'
The Manhattan jury capped a month-long trial with a $59.17million verdict, half of which was to compensate Alonzo Yanes' for his pain and suffering since 2014 and half of which was for future pain and suffering as he copes with the damage left by burns over 31% of his body.
Yanes - Beacon - High - School - Experiment
Yanes, now 21, was 16 when a fireball erupted as his Beacon High School teacher conducted an experiment with a gallon jug of methanol at the prestigious Manhattan school.
He was hospitalized for five months afterward.
Yanes - Injuries - Face - Neck - Arms
Yanes, testifying about injuries that damaged his face, neck, arms and hands and the painful skin graft surgeries he endured afterward, told jurors he remembered 'feeling the fire eat away at my skin and eat away at my flesh, and it was charring me the way a piece of meat chars in a frying pan.'
He added: 'I held my breath for as long as I could. But nothing was working. I was hopelessly burning alive, and I couldn't put myself out, and the pain was so unbearable.'
Injuries - Girlfriend
He also testified that the injuries caused him to be more isolated socially, and he worries he might never have a girlfriend.
In a statement, the city law office said: 'While we respect...
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