CHICAGO (CBS) — In her own words, a young woman speaks a day after a jury award her $148 million in a lawsuit against the city.
Tierney Darden, 26, always dreamed of being a dancer. In 2015, a shelter with rusted parts and missing bolts toppled on her, leaving her permanently paralyzed.READ MORE: Driver Stops At Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge After Being Shot; Small Child Was In Car At Time
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Darden sobbed when her verdict was read by the judge on Wednesday. Each juror hugged her as they left the court room.READ MORE: MISSING: Tristan Whigham, 1, Last Seen In Uptown
On Thursday morning, she talked about how much that meant to her.
“That was really heartwarming. I don’t know what to say because it blew me away,” Darden said. “I didn’t even know they could do that. I have finally been given hope today. I am very thankful.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Steamy Heat Through Midweek
The city of Chicago released a statement saying in part, “we are disappointed in the jury’s verdict and are evaluating our legal options.”