FAYETTEVILLE -- Testimony began Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging nurses at Washington Regional Medical Center didn't do enough to keep doctors informed of the condition of a teenager who died there in 2001.
The hospital contends Kasey Kordt, who was 14, died of a rare and unusual condition involving twisted intestines that could only have been treated with immediate surgery, the hospital contends. By the time doctors performed surgery, irreversible damage had been done and they were unable to save Kordt's life.
None of the doctors who treated Kordt were sued.
Lawyers for the Kordt's family said Tuesday the case is about the failure of hospital staff to practice appropriate "time and diligence." They contend a tube to relieve pressure on the girl's abdomen was not placed when it should have been and was then improperly installed. They say nurses did not tell doctors the tube was not properly in place and did not tell doctors that the girl's condition was rapidly deteriorating overnight.
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