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Physicians sued in man’s death

November 1, 2012
The Leader Herald

FORT HUNTER - A Fort Hunter woman is suing two local physicians, claiming they caused the death of her husband because of negligence.

Barbara Renda, acting as the administrator for the estate of her husband, the deceased Andrew Renda Jr., filed a lawsuit against Drs. Ronald R. Marsh and Emily Etzkorn, who work at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.

The suit filed by the law firm Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany states Renda had her husband admitted to the hospital on Dec. 15, 2010, and he was placed under the care of Marsh and Etzkorn. It was determined by the two doctors that a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gall bladder, would be required. However, the lawsuit claims that due to Renda's condition, the two delayed the procedure.

The lawsuit says on Dec. 18, 2010, Mr. Renda complained of worsening abdominal pain. A CT scan revealed he was suffering from an injury associated with trauma to the abdomen.

The treatment was complicated by sepsis - a serious blood infection - and Renda's pre-existing renal failure and congestive heart failure, according to the lawsuit, and fluid had built up in an abscess in his body.

The lawsuit says Renda was transfered to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, where the abscess was drained, but he died from advanced sepsis, which caused multiple organ failure, on Jan. 1, 2011.

The plaintiff claims her husband's death was caused by the physicians' negligence and failure to properly diagnose, monitor and treat him.

Mrs. Renda is seeking an undisclosed figure claiming wrongful death and damages from the funeral, burial and other expenses.

Neither Marsh nor Etzkorn returned calls seeking comment.



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