A Bend, Oregon hospital is being sued for $26.5 million by the family of a Jacksonville, Florida woman who died while receiving care there back in 2017.
Thirty-two-year-old Casey Gwenyth Galusha-Beck died from septic shock following a breast infection. The lawsuit, filed in Deschutes County, Oregon last Tuesday by her husband Jordan Beck, cites two doctors from the St. Charles Health System as co-defendants and alleges they were negligent in their treatment which led to Beck’s death.
Lisa Goodman, spokesperson for St. Charles Memorial Hospital, said they couldn’t comment on current litigation. Representatives of the family would not go on record.
What Exactly Happened
According to the filed complaint, on January 2, 2017, Galusha-Beck went to the emergency room at the Bend Hospital for symptoms of abdominal pain, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, and low glucose levels. While there she was successfully treated for an infection caused by mastitis but her symptoms continued to prevail.
The suit says she had symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. On January 8, Dr. Jason Hughson assumed care and cortisol level tests were performed with results showing levels at zero. It claims Hughson failed to administer hydrocortisone immediately when her cortisol levels were found to be “dangerously low.” Instead, hours passed while Hughson waited for the results of additional tests.
The suit lists internal medicine specialists Dr. Farah Madhani-Lovely and Dr. Jason Hughson as co-defendants.
It states that Dr. Madhani-Lovely assumed care for Galusha-Beck from January 3rd – 5th and failed to diagnose her with adrenal insufficiency. It is a disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands don’t produce enough of certain hormones.
Galusha-Beck, however, fell into a circulatory collapse for an unknown amount of time before being resuscitated by hospital staff. She was brought back with severe brain damage and was diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state.
Several days later on January 17th, she passed away.
At the time of Galusha-Beck’s passing, she left behind her husband Jordan and a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. A GoFundMe had been set up for the family in the aftermath of the events raising more than $70,000. It’s been since closed from any new donations.
The lawsuit has yet to be settled.
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