Man sues state over wife’s death

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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A Waterloo man sued the state of Iowa Tuesday after his wife died after treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Craig Wolterman filed the lawsuit for the loss of his wife and on behalf of his daughter, who he said will be deprived of the support of a mother, court documents said.

According to the lawsuit, Michelle Wolterman went to the emergency room of St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids for syncopal episodes Oct. 22, 2004, and again on Dec. 17, 2007. She reportedly went to the UIHC Dec. 19, 2007, and doctors noticed a first degree AV heart block. She was placed on an event monitor to make sure the doctors didn’t miss any atrial arrhythmias, documents said.

Between Dec. 25, 2007, and Jan. 1, 2008, the transmission recorded sinus arrhythmia events that were forwarded to doctors but were not communicated to Craig or Michelle Wolterman, the lawsuit claimed.

Michelle Wolterman died in her sleep Jan. 3, 2008, and the autopsy determined the cause of death to be cardiac arrhythmia.

— by Michelle McConnaughey

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