Widower files $2 million lawsuit against Memphis VA Hospital after his wife, an employee there, died

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A widower has filed a lawsuit against the Memphis VA hospital, after he says his wife died after she fell ill while working at the hospital and did not receive proper treatment in time.

Douglas DeVoe of Oklahoma claims the Memphis VA Medical Center is responsible for the death of his wife, Dana.

On June 29th, Dana, an employee at the VA, was with a patient when she fainted around 8:51 a.m. The lawsuit claims doctors ran tests and discovered three abdominal masses. 

One mass was described in the documents as large “containing multiple areas of high-density reflecting blood near her Fallopian tube.”

Throughout the morning, the suit says additional doctors were alerted, and Dana received medication. 

By 12:10 that afternoon, VA staff received Dana’s second lab results which were noted to be significantly different from the previous.

Three hours later, Dana was transferred to Regional One Health and diagnosed with “hypovolemic shock, hemorrhagic ovarian tumor.”

Court documents say the reason for transfer was OBGYN services were not available at the VA.

That night, Dana went into emergency surgery, but died four days later. 

Her husband is suing the center for more than $2 million. 

DeVoe’s attorney, Les Jones, sent this statement to Local 24 News: “Thank you for reaching out but we typically refrain from discussing cases while they are ongoing. After the case is resolved we may be able to discuss. Thank you for understanding.”

Local 24 News reached out to the Memphis VA Medical Center. They referred all questions the to the VA General Counsel in Nashville. They have not responded at this time.  

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