An Arizona woman is suing the emergency room of St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona following the death of her husband. The suit claims “reckless disregard” by hospital staff led to the death of her 39-year-old husband. The hospital is denying any wrongdoing.
According to the claim, Robert Sweitzer went to the emergency room of St. Mary’s with symptoms of coughing, loss of energy and severe back pain. The ER was very crowded at the time due to an outbreak of the flu.
Rachel Sweitzer says her husband was assessed at 7:00 p.m. but was never re-assessed over the next eight hours. A report from the CDC states that Sweitzer died of necrotizing pneumonia, which is caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
The investigation is ongoing.
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