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 (http://bit.ly/2o3lCvZ) 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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