Lawsuit Seeks $2 Million Over Cardiac Arrest During Dialysis

Lawsuit Seeks $2 Million Over Cardiac Arrest During DialysisA Virginia dialysis center and one of its doctors have been accused of causing a woman's death of cardiac arrest during dialysis.

According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, Barbara Anne Christian was receiving dialysis services at the DaVita Winchester Dialysis Center in February of 2009 when she experienced cardiac arrest, according to the Northern Virginia Daily. Christian, who was suffering from end-stage renal failure, was resuscitated, intubated and taken to a hospital emergency room, the suit states, but she remained unresponsive and died shortly after due to complications of her cardiac arrest.

The personal representative of the deceased woman's estate claims in her medical malpractice suit that the dialysis center and Dr. Jeffrey P. Harris are to blame – according to the complaint, the defendants failed to properly monitor Christian's condition before proceeding with dialysis on the day in question. Once Christian's condition began to deteriorate and she experienced cardiac arrest, the defendants failed to adequately treat her, according to the suit. The plaintiff is reportedly represented by a medical malpractice attorney and seeks $2 million in damages.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, there were 368,544 Americans undergoing dialysis for end-stage renal failure in 2007.