Peoria Illinois Circuit Court found the OSF Healthcare St. Francis Hospital guilty of medical malpractice Friday.
25 News was first to report the information, released by A Chicago Firm ‘ Fogel Law Offices. They represented a 64-year-old woman who died in July of 2012 and allege the hospital rushed a surgical procedure.
According to a statement from the firm, a twelve person jury returned the unanimous
verdict within an hour of deliberation.
The Peoria woman, Diana Arrenholz, underwent a laser lead extraction program to remove pacemaker and died in the hospital after her heart and blood vessels were perforated by the laser. She suffered detrimental blood loss.
As a result, the jury reached a verdict outlining $2.5 million dollars be paid to the woman’s husband and other immediate family members.
The family’s lawyer claims the hospital “rushed a new surgical program” at the expense of “poorly prepared staff” which allegedly led to the patient’s death.
The hospital has responded in part stating ,
“We are disappointed in the outcome of the case as we believe we were able to provide the appropriate care. Our prayers are with the plaintiff’s family.”
Todd Arrenholz, the victim’s son also shard a statement on behalf of the family, adding “I would like to thank the jurors on their decision in the case involving my mother, Diana Arrenholz. We pray this raises awareness and drives improvements to the standard of care provided to all so that no family has to suffer the loss of a loved one as ours has.”