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Astoria man sues hospital for $9 million for negligence

Associated Press

ASTORIA, Ore. – An Astoria man has filed a $9 million medical malpractice lawsuit against a city hospital alleging a radiologist was negligent and missed signs of a stroke.

The Daily Astorian reported ( Tuesday that John Pierce Christie filed the lawsuit last week against Columbia Memorial Hospital.

According to the complaint, Christie had slurred speech and a facial droop during an August hospital visit but the radiologist found no abnormalities after an MRI.

Christie was transferred to a Portland hospital, where doctors detected blockage to his basilar artery, which provides blood to the brain and central nervous system.

Christie says he suffered respiratory failure and was left with a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis.

He claims his treatment for neurological care was delayed by Columbia Hospital’s negligence.

A spokesman says the hospital is unable to comment on pending litigation.

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