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A Widow and her children were awarded $4.45 million for a medical malpractice lawsuit after a jury found that a St. Catherine’s Hospital emergency room doctor was responsible for her husband’s death, according to court records.

The former Inland Steel security supervisor, 45, died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm twelve hours after being released from St. Catherine’s hospital on December 22, 2001. The family claimed his death could have been prevented had the doctor ordered a CT scan to accurately diagnose his condition. He was misdiagnosed as having a kidney stone.

The Lake Superior County jury found the doctor responsible for malpractice after an hour of deliberating. The verdict followed a five day trial, according to court records. His wife and three daughters were plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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