Lawsuit: Hospital failed to perform MRI before stroke

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Washington woman has filed a $4.6 million lawsuit against a hospital in Astoria, Oregon, contending the hospital failed to perform an MRI before she had a stroke that left her severely disabled.

The Daily Astorian reports the lawsuit filed last week claims Betsy Christensen sought treatment at Columbia Memorial Hospital in April 2017 for neurological symptoms consistent with a potential stroke.

The suit says a doctor concluded a stroke could only be identified by an MRI but the procedure wouldn’t be available for two days.

Christensen went home, according to the lawsuit, and returned two days later. The suit says an MRI was ordered and while Christensen was waiting, she had a stroke.

The lawsuit filed last week claims medical negligence.

Hospital chief operating officer Nicole Williams says they can’t comment on matters bound by patient confidentiality