- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DENISON, Iowa (AP) - A small western Iowa hospital is facing a spate of wrongful death lawsuits.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2pAuWMp ) that two of the lawsuits against Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison were filed within the last two weeks. Another was filed last year. The hospital gained attention last year when it unsuccessfully tried to keep a $500,000 wrongful-death settlement from being made public.

One of the three pending lawsuits claims a surgeon ignored warnings that a morbidly obese man could not be safely sedated. Another says a teenage patient who swallowed prescription sedatives died after being sent home. The third says a newborn died after a doctor failed to promptly address a dangerous intestinal growth.

A spokesman told the newspaper that the hospital doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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