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12:00 Thu Dec 10 2009
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Girl loses both legs after binge drinking

A drinking binge has left a US woman with her legs amputated — and she blames her local hospital.

Shanna Hiles had been celebrating her 20th birthday before she passed out drunk with her legs tucked under her for 12 hours, blocking blood flow to her extremities.

A relative eventually discovered her and took her hospital but her lawyers say a six-hour wait to be treated worsened her condition.

By the time she was attended to, it was too late — her legs were removed at the knees.

Hiles’s lawyers say the condition was reversible if it was discovered in time.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the lawsuit alleges staff at the Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania "discounted" symptoms of the blockage because Hiles was intoxicated.