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The opinion of the court was delivered by This is a medical malpractice action in which plaintiff Mary Jane Morris was awarded the aggregate sum of $1,250,000 against defendant physician W. David Francisco. Defendant appeals from the judgment. The facts in this case are quite complex. As certain issues require in-depth discussions of various facets of the evidence, we will, at this point, provide only a brief overview of the relevant facts. Mary Jane Morris has been a victim of cerebral palsy since her birth, which was approximately 1961 (exact date not provided). Between 1965 and 1978 she was a patient of the defendant physician at the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During that period of time, Ms. Morris underwent multiple operations and extensive therapy in treating her affliction. In the spring of 1978, Dr. Francisco determined that Ms. Morris needed additional surgery on her hips and ankles to enhance and preserve her ability to walk. The ankle surgery was scheduled for September 1, 1978, with the hip surgery to occur on September 15, 1978.