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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:06 AM

Jury awards $400K to estate of Helena man resuscitated against his will

A Helena jury has awarded more than $400,000 in damages to the estate of a man who was resuscitated against his will at St. Peter's Hospital.

St. Peter's and Dr. Lee Harrison were found negligent for violating a "do not resuscitate or intubate" order for Rodney Knoepfle of Helena, who was resuscitated after coding two separate times. On Thursday, the jury awarded $209,100.29 in damages for medical care after he was resuscitated and another $200,000 for mental and physical pain and suffering.

Officials with the hospital, which has since been rebranded as St. Peter's Health, declined to comment on the case.

"It is not our practice to provide comment on litigation or legal matters," Andrea Groom, vice president of communications for St. Peter's, said in a statement to the Independent Record.

Read more: https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/jury-awards-k-to-estate-of-helena-man-resuscitated-against/article_0c72b955-0c63-51a1-a745-d61e4013ce3f.html

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TexasTowelie May 2019 OP
flotsam May 2019 #1

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Sun May 26, 2019, 11:56 AM

1. Poorly written article...

The two things every reader will want to know is how old he was and what was wrong with him medically. A middle aged man with a debilitating disease but a long life expectancy is quite different than an older man with a painful death in the near future. With the given facts I'm left totally ambivalent as to who was right or wrong...

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