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He left his heart in Katy, Texas

A Texas appellate court has upheld $250,000 in sanctions against a hospital that apparently misplaced the heart of a patient who died while being treated for kidney stones.

The patient’s family sued Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy for malpractice.  In the course of the lawsuit, it developed that the hospital could not locate the decedent’s heart.  According to The Houston Chronicle, the trial judge found that the hospital wrongfully withheld evidence, including the heart, and imposed the quarter-million-dollar fine.

The Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas last week upheld the fine with an opinion here.  A dissenting opinion is here.

By Peter Vieth

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