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Fri Jul 26, 2019, 01:25 AM

Man who said his dog wanted him to die killed himself after Oregon hospital discharged him, $2.5M

Man who said his dog wanted him to die killed himself after Oregon hospital discharged him, $2.5 million suit says


The family of a 33-year-old man who died by suicide is suing an Oregon hospital for $2.5 million -- claiming a doctor released the man shortly before he fatally shot himself.

The family of Matthew Kegler faults PeaceHealth’s “Cottage Grove Medical Center” for allegedly brushing off serious warning signs, including that Kegler had said “everybody was telling him to take his own life” and that included his dog, according to the lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit also says Kegler mentioned a gun.

A spokeswoman for PeaceHealth, Sherri Buri McDonald, declined to comment because of the litigation but offered this statement: “PeaceHealth extends its sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of Matthew Kegler.”

The suit comes on the heels of a $3 million lawsuit filed two weeks ago by the parents of a 20-year-old man who died while jogging in the lanes of Interstate 5, two days after PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center University District in Eugene allegedly released him while he was in mental health crisis.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/07/man-who-said-his-dog-wanted-him-to-die-killed-himself-after-oregon-hospital-discharged-him-25-million-suit-says.html

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