Saturday, July 09, 2005

Man dies from epidural

In a matter of weeks, I will no doubt be getting an epidural to help me cope with the stress of seeing my wife squeezing out our child. I mean...this guy died from simply SEEING the needle. I'm trying to prepare myself for the moment that the nurse asks me to lean forward and pull my t-shirt up at the back so that they can administer some happy gas to my spine. Awesome!!

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman is suing a hospital for wrongful death because her husband fainted and suffered a fatal injury after helping delivery room staff give her a pain-killing injection.

Jeanette Passalaqua, 32, filed the suit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Southern California Permanente Medical Group Inc. in San Bernardino County state court last week.

In June 2004, Passalaqua's husband, Steven Passalaqua, was asked by Kaiser staff to hold and steady his wife while an employee inserted an epidural needle into her back, court papers said.

The sight of the needle caused Steven Passalaqua, 33, to faint and he fell backward, striking his head on an aluminum cap molding at the base of the wall.

Jeanette Passalaqua delivered the couple's second child, a boy, later that day. Steven Passalaqua, however, suffered a brain hemorrhage as a result of his fall and died two days later, the lawsuit said.

The suit seeks unspecified damages related to Steven Passalaqua's death and to Jeanette Passalaqua's emotional distress at being widowed with two young children.

Because Passalaqua was solicited by Kaiser to assist in the epidural, the lawsuit said, the hospital "owed him a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent foreseeable injuries resulting from his participation."

A spokesman for Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente called the death "a tragic, accident."

"Some of the allegations in the lawsuit are simply that -- allegations. The legal process is under way and we should respect that," said Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson.


Blogger Ben said...

Don't be a wuss! It's going to be okay. You'll be much happier with an epideral.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous DJ G.T. said...

They let you bring in booze to celebrate the baby's birth. Maybe you should start early.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

sweetness! "yeah...honey - I think you might be having contractions or something - let's go early..."

7:50 AM  
Blogger Janna said...

Undy, maybe you could get some "happy gas" like they give you at the dentist BEFORE your epideral! :) Good luck!

10:20 AM  

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