Family of Southern Oregon woman files $26.5 million wrongful death suit against St. Charles

The family of a Southern Oregon woman who died of septic shock following a breast infection two years ago has filed a $26.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against St. Charles Health System.

According to the suit filed last week in Deschutes County, doctors Jason Hughson and Farah Madhani-Lovely failed to properly diagnose 32-year-old Casey Gwenyth Galusha-Beck when she fell ill and went to the St. Charles Bend emergency room in January 2017.

Galusha-Beck was visiting her husband’s family in Sisters when she went to the ER with abdominal pain, fatigue, low blood pressure and other symptoms.

The suit says Galusha-Beck, of Jacksonville, was successfully treated for mastitis, an infection in the breast from breast feeding, but that doctors failed to treat her for adrenal insufficiency, which occurs when a patient fails to create enough cortisol.

The suit continues to say that even after it was determined her cortisol levels had reached zero, a doctor failed to administer hydrocortisone to counteract the effects.

While in the hospital, Galusha-Beck was found with no pulse and was not breathing. She was resuscitated, but suffered severe brain damage and fell into a vegetative state. She died on January 2017, two weeks after she was first admitted to the hospital.

Lisa Goodman, spokeswoman for St. Charles, said she could not comment on pending litigation.

An attorney for the Galusha-Beck family could not be reached for comment.

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