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Family of Pennsylvania Woman Settles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for $7.25M

The parents of a Taylor woman who died after medical professionals failed to timely diagnose a serious heart condition reached a $7.25 million settlement of a lawsuit filed against Moses Taylor Hospital and several other defendants.

Mary and Joseph Mecca of Old Forge filed suit in 2021, alleging emergency room staff at Moses Taylor in Scranton ignored clear signs their daughter, Kerie Mecca, 32, was suffering from an aortic dissection — a condition in which the main artery that carries blood from the heart tears and splits apart.

According to the suit filed by Philadelphia attorney Matthew Casey:

Kerie Mecca, accompanied by her mother, went to the hospital around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2020 complaining of sharp and burning chest and abdominal pain, a known symptom of an aortic dissection. Staff also knew Mecca had been diagnosed in 2017 with a heart valve abnormality that put her at risk for the condition.


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