- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that a 54-year-old man died after at least five doctors at a northeastern Pennsylvania health system failed to identify an internal hernia.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice (https://bit.ly/1XxkK0h ) reports that the lawsuit was brought against Geisinger Health System by Mark Davenport’s wife and daughter last week. It alleges that the Luzerne County man died in July 2014 of “catastrophic” injuries because doctors failed to properly assess his condition.

The complaint says Davenport first went to the emergency room with constipation and abdominal pain in 2013. He proceeded to lose a significant amount of weight and died from septic shock and organ failure.

Geisinger spokesman Dave Jolley says the hospital hasn’t been served with the lawsuit and hasn’t been able to review the allegations.

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com


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