Man sues over wife's brain injury

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Amy Plueger loved camping, boating, and, for reasons her husband still can't understand, collecting river rocks.

Sandy Hodson
Database Reporter
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But after she nearly died in April 2003, Mrs. Plueger has been confined to a nursing home, paralyzed and unable to eat or communicate.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury will continue to hear evidence this week to try to determine whether an Augusta physician was negligent in caring for Mrs. Plueger.

Acute Care Consultants and Dr. Connie A. Trello, the defendants in the legal malpractice case, contend Dr. Trello saved Mrs. Plueger's life and that nothing she did or didn't do caused the debilitating brain injury.

During the fourth day of trial Friday, Steven Plueger told the jury about the woman he married in 2002.

She became the mother to his two youngest boys, he said. Their lives centered on the children and their free time was spent camping, boating and bike riding.

"She was an outdoors person," Mr. Plueger said.

In late March 2003, Mrs. Plueger, then 44, was admitted to Doctors Hospital for observation and steroid and breathing treatments.

Pneumonia was the likely cause, the treating physician thought, according to court documents.

Her condition worsened, and on April 2, 2003, Mrs. Plueger was transferred to the intensive care unit, where Dr. Trello saw and treated her for the first time.

The doctor's recommended treatment including putting the Evans woman on a ventilator, both sides agree.

What happened throughout the day are issues the jury will determine. The plaintiff alleges the doctor missed signs that Mrs. Plueger developed tension pneumothorax, a compression of the lung.

At 7:30 p.m. that day, Mrs. Plueger went into cardiac or respiratory arrest. The medical team headed by Dr. Trello was able to resuscitate her, but she suffered permanent brain injury.

Mr. Plueger, who filed suit on behalf of his wife, is seeking to recover the cost of her medical and nursing care to date and for the rest of her life, in addition to other compensatory damages.

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ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 06/01/08 - 08:06 am
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This isa sad but frightening

This isa sad but frightening story that happens more than people realize. I went for years with no health insurance but made a few dollars a month too much for medicaid for my children (No PeachCare at that time) and prayed we would not get sick or hurt and have bills that would put us in debt forever.

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strictly bussiness 06/01/08 - 09:09 am
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Doctor hospital must be the

Doctor hospital must be the deadliest hospital ever, my company has dealing with that facility, we have had several co-workers die, or misdiagnosed there, you all talk about Eisenhower I would go there any day before Doctors.

WAG
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WAG 06/01/08 - 11:23 am
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I have a relative that almost

I have a relative that almost died there from a simple gall bladder surgery. But is was more the sorry arrogant Dr. Jack Feldman that caused it altho the employees at the hospital covered for him.
He should lose his license. He is the most arrogant smart--- individual I have ever met.

GreenScreen
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GreenScreen 06/01/08 - 04:08 pm
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Doctors Hospital is NOT a

Doctors Hospital is NOT a defendant in this case so if the hospital is so "deadly" then wouldn't they have been included in the lawsuit? People need to think before they make statements which are so unbelievably far from the truth.

hmmh...
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hmmh... 06/01/08 - 04:27 pm
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thsi is the message, never

thsi is the message, never never got to drs hospital unless you are badly burned!

2centsworth
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2centsworth 06/01/08 - 05:11 pm
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Doctors Hospital allows

Doctors Hospital allows Doctors to practice there that cannot get permission to use the facilities of other hospitals. During more than one health watch over my relatives, conversations with other families almost always led to them discussing how their family was there for a reason beyond what they had been admitted for originally. How long can this facility continue to allow these problems to continue?

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jameys 06/01/08 - 08:23 pm
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dr's hospital wasn't sued

dr's hospital wasn't sued because acute care consultants was hired by dr's hospital to provide isu care, thats why you can't sue the hospital

WAG
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WAG 06/01/08 - 10:37 pm
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I do not understan why my

I do not understan why my comment was removed. Are we not allowed to tell the truth on here?????
Or is the AC protecting Doctors Hospital and the Dr. I spoke of?
What is the problem? I was just trying to warn people not to use this Dr. or hospital......

Rebelbuyer
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Rebelbuyer 06/02/08 - 01:00 am
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Nice to see Ms. Hodson due
Unpublished

Nice to see Ms. Hodson due more than her lopsided reporting as in Gough Vs Tucker. Don't think she ever interviewed that family and only showed up in court to report on the last hrs of a two week trial. Good luck Mr. Plueger.

GreenScreen
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GreenScreen 06/02/08 - 08:13 am
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Acute Care Consultants was

Acute Care Consultants was not hired by Drs Hosp. Again, more wrong information.

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DMac_357 06/02/08 - 10:57 am
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My prayers go out to Mr.

My prayers go out to Mr. Plueger and his wife.

toldya
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toldya 06/02/08 - 11:12 am
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Most hospitals staff

Most hospitals staff independent contractors (doctors)- that is probably why they weren't invoved in the suit. Thats why you always get more than one bill, the hospital, then the various doctors. The doctors actually rent their space and the equipment form the hospital.

Rebelbuyer
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Rebelbuyer 06/03/08 - 01:36 am
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My comment must've been
Unpublished

My comment must've been removed because the reporter, Sandy Hobson found the comments hit too close to home. She did do a very unprofessional hack job on reporting the Gough VS Tucker trial. She never interviewed the Gough's or their attorney's and only appeared in the court room for a few closing hours of the final day of the trial yet reported as though she were there throughout and had all the facts. Appears that when someone critiques a reporter they hit the delete button.

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WAG 06/10/08 - 09:55 am
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DRs hospital should have been

DRs hospital should have been a defendant when they allow doctors to parctice there that do not know what they are doing.

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