Man Awarded $1 Million From Hospital, Doctor That Allegedly Discharged His Ill Wife

Man Awarded $1 Million From Hospital, Doctor That Allegedly Discharged His Ill WifeA South Carolina man whose wife died in 2008 has been awarded $1 million after claiming that she would have lived if she had not been negligently discharged from the Piedmont Medical Center (PMC).

The suit said that Deborah Kirksey was first brought to PMC to be treated by Dr. John Lee in June of 2008, complaining of pain in her side, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, according to the Rock Hill Herald. Lee discharged her after prescribing some painkillers and other medications, the medical malpractice lawsuit claimed.

One day later, she returned to PMC's emergency room in intense pain, and died one day after that, according to the suit. She would allegedly have survived if Lee had examined and treated her properly when she first sought his care two days before her death, her husband claimed.

A jury awarded Kirksey $1 million in his suit against Lee and South Carolina Emergency Physicians, Lee's employer. According to Kirksey's medical malpractice attorney, Lee admitted during the trial that he had not checked the woman's vital signs during her first visit.

According to the National Institutes of Health, vital signs include heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and body temperature.