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Cardiologist Negligence Causes Death of Haines City Woman

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David Turnbull4 years ago

Kissimmee Cardiologist Dr. Johnson Massey was found guilty on September 4th of negligence as a result of potassium overdose which led to a Florida woman's death

Details of the Potassium Overdose Lawsuit

  • During the medical malpractice lawsuit, Massey’s council argued that he believed his patient, Dione Mae Allen, needed extra potassium in her system in order to counteract an electrolyte imbalance.  
  • However, the charts that Dr. Massey reviewed were old and he failed to check the date. If he had checked the most recent charts, he would have found Ms. Allen’s potassium levels within the normal range.
  • Ms. Allen’s family was awarded $1 million in damages and $6,754 for funeral expenses in court after the jury deliberated for over nine hours.  

The Physical Dangers of Potassium Overdose

  • Potassium can be extremely fatal to the human body when taken in large amounts; this can cause hyperkalemia.
  • Symptoms of hyperkalemia include fever, dizziness, confusion, tingling sensation in the limbs, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and a number of other symptoms before death. 
  • In states with the death penalty, criminals are given high levels of potassium chloride for execution.
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