Couple says hospital didn't provide proper stroke treatment to woman

By Cara Bailey | Aug 24, 2007

Ruby Memorial Hospital

MORGANTOWN - A Monongalia County couple has filed a medical malpractice suit against a Morgantown hospital, claiming the wife did not receive proper treatment during her stroke.

Ruth Ann and Edward Shade filed a suit Aug. 20 in Monongalia Circuit Court, against Ruby Memorial Hospital.

According to the suit, Ruth Ann Shade was a patient at Ruby Memorial on Aug. 20, 2005. The suit says Shade went to the hospital, complaining of symptoms consistent with a stroke.

Shade claims that upon her arrival at the hospital, she was not given the proper treatment for someone arriving with her symptoms. According to the suit, Shade was not given TPA treatment within the prescribed time for her therapy, and she was left "to sit in the emergency room waiting area without medical intervention while she suffered obvious symptoms of a stroke."

The suit says that failure to give Shade the proper care she deserved was a cause of serious bodily injury, suffering, debilitating illness and other damages.

She also claims she has past, present and future medical bills, economic loss, pain and suffering and mental anguish and loss of recovery.

Edward Shade claims he suffered the loss of consortium of his wife.

As a result, Ruth Ann and Edward Shade seek full compensation for their injuries, plus court costs and interest.

Attorney C. Paul Estep is representing the Shades.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number 07-C-550

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