Local Hospital Sued For $20(M)—They Dispute Allegations

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United Regional Medical Center in Manchester is facing a $20-million dollar lawsuit. The suit was filed last year in Coffee County Circuit Court. This after a nurse was accused of injecting the wrong patient with a powerful painkiller on 2010.
Priscilla Wilder died ten days after her husband said she was mistakenly given the wrong medicine.
Wilder was sharing a room with a cancer patient at the United Regional Medical Center in Manchester for treatment of shortness of breath and chest pains. Her husband says a nurse gave his wife a painkilling shot that was meant for her roommate.
Tom Wilder says the patient in the next bed next to his wife spoke up and said she wanted the pain shot and not Priscilla. The man said he told the nurse that she had given his wife the wrong shot.
The lawsuit alleges that shortly “after receiving the medication, Sherry Wilder developed difficulty breathing which progressed quickly to acute respiratory failure.”
An autopsy was not done on the body.
While it’s not the hospital’s policy to comment on pending litigation especially in matters such as this one which has been pending for 14 months URMC responded to Thunder Radio’s request with this exclusive statement: First URMC would like to extend its sympathy to the Wilder family for their loss. It is important to note, however, that Ms. Wilder did not pass away at URMC. It is URMC’s understanding that Ms. Wilder passed away at a Nashville hospital approximately 10 days after being discharged from URMC. According to the death certificate, the cause of death was coronary artery disease and diabetes mellitus.
URMC in the statement says they look forward to their day in court to present the actual facts in this case and set the record straight.