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$1.25 million awarded in St. Elizabeth malpractice case
BY ROCCO LADUCA
MON, 04 MAR 2013 15:53:34 EST

A statue of St. Anthony stands in front of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, February 23, 2012, in Utica, N.Y.
Mark DiOrio / Observer-Dispatch
ROME-
A civil jury recently awarded $1.25 million in damages to a Waterville woman for medical malpractice at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica after she was not immediately diagnosed as having a rare stroke when she was 16.

Following a nine-day state Supreme Court trial in Rome, a jury found on Feb. 15 that Dr. Timothy Page and St. Elizabeth staff were negligent in failing to immediately diagnose and properly treat the patient, Abigail Smith. The teenager, now 22, suffered an ischemic stroke and collapsed during a play rehearsal at Waterville High School on March 11, 2007.

By the time St. Elizabeth staff eventually consulted a neurologist seven hours later, it was too late for Smith to benefit from a clot-busting drug called tPA that should have been administered within a critical three-hour window of time, said Smith’s attorney, Michael Porter.

She was transported to University Hospital in Syracuse for emergency surgery, but continues to suffer from significant speech, physical and other deficits as a result of not receiving timely medical care after arriving at the hospital within an hour, said Porter, of the law firm of Porter Nordby Howe LLP in Syracuse.

“Abby is a delightful, young lady who was an accomplished guitar player in high school,” Porter said. “She has worked very hard in therapy to regain as much of her speech and physical function as possible. I really admire her.”

The jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching their verdict for damages that included money for past medical expenses, as well as past and future pain and suffering, Porter said.

On Monday, St. Elizabeth’s attorneys said they still back the trial testimony but would not comment any further at this time while post-trial motions are still pending with Justice Patrick MacRae.

“We agree that Abigail Smith experienced a remarkable recovery as a result of her perseverance in rehab and the excellent medical care she received,” said Traci Boris, general counsel for St. Elizabeth. “Ischemic stroke is extremely rare in children, teenagers and young adults and we stand behind the medical proof we offered at trial regarding diagnosis and treatment.”

Page, the former director of St. Elizabeth’s Emergency Department, is no longer on medical staff at St. Elizabeth.

At trial, the defense attorneys disputed that St. Elizabeth should have been able to diagnose Smith’s stroke or that tPA was appropriate for “off label” use for a 16-year-old girl, since the drug is FDA-approved for adults.

Porter, however, said he presented evidence that Page and nurses failed to follow St. Elizabeth’s policy regarding neurological exams and that tPA should have been offered because Smith was physiologically an adult.

Get over yourself No one cares about Timothy Paige. None ever responds to your threads.

Blondie wrote:
Get over yourself No one cares about Timothy Paige. None ever responds to your threads.


This is about an incompetent doctor. 6 ppl cared enough to bring in a verdict and award.
It's ppl like you that enable a scumbag like that to practice

countryboy wrote:
<quoted text>This is about an incompetent doctor. 6 ppl cared enough to bring in a verdict and award.
It's ppl like you that enable a scumbag like that to practice

Truthfully who cares???

$1.25 mil really isn't alot considering the girls age and the fact that she's probably going to need rehab for the rest of her life. The cost of everything keeps going up, hope her family finds someone to invest a good chunk of that for her so she'll be taken care of for the rest of her life. But...good for her and her family to win this, although I'm not entirely sure its 100% the drs fault. She was 16, the odds of her having a stroke we're pretty slim, (even though she did in fact have one) and collapsing isn't usually one of the symptoms of a stroke, combine that with her age and its tough to decide that's what you should check her for. But I'm glad she's got the resources to take care of herself from here on out.

Please look up the term hemmorhagic conversion and the use of TPA.

There was no conversion. The use of tPA never came up because numb nuts was late for dinner

Page, the former director of St. Elizabeth’s Emergency Department, is no longer on medical staff at St. Elizabeth.

Duuhhh......really?
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