ANGOLA — A six-person jury ruled in favor of Parkview Hospital after about two hours deliberation Friday.
The civil trial started Tuesday in Steuben Circuit Court with testimony from flight nurse Andrew Gilbert. Jurors went into chambers at 11:10 a.m. Friday and returned with a verdict at 1:20 p.m.
Ruth and Mahyoub Albadeh filed the malpractice suit in January 2014. Ruth’s left arm had to be amputated after epinephrine leaked out of an IV and destroyed tissue.
She was life flighted from Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola on Jan. 4, 2012. Gilbert treated Albadeh in the Samaritan helicopter, administering two doses of epinephrine before she was admitted to St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
St. Joseph Hospital was not named in the suit.
During his testimony, Gilbert said Albadeh had been in cardiac arrest for eight minutes when he began care. She was unconscious when she was put on the helicopter with two intravenous lines, one in her left hand and one in her right wrist. Gilbert testified that he administered the adreneline into her right IV line.
The next day, at St. Joseph, according to testimony, it was discovered that the substance had leaked out of the left IV and that amputation was required.
Prior to the commencement of the lawsuit, a panel of three Indiana physicians reviewed the situation. They could not determine if the injury causing the amputation occurred in the helicopter or at the Fort Wayne hospital, according to information presented Tuesday.