Woman’s family awarded $275K after hospital sent her home during a heart attack

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The Grio

Relatives of an Ohio woman who died after being sent home from a hospital while having a heart attack have reached a $275,000 settlement with the facility.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center doesn’t admit liability in the settlement approved last week by an Ohio Court of Claims judge.

The family’s attorneys say in court documents that Ella Whitehead complained of chest pain in April 2012 but was sent home by doctors while they awaited test results to confirm whether she was suffering a heart attack. The 65-year-old Whitehead died the next day.

Her family’s attorneys alleged negligence and argued the doctors didn’t follow standards of care.

Wexner Medical Center spokesman Bob Mackle says the parties worked to reach a “fair and reasonable settlement.”

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