According to the widow and estate of the man, his death was due to negligence. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family was filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Dr. Sean Yetman was placed under investigation after the death of Thomas Pliner, 77, and was terminated. The family is suing the hospital.
Pliner underwent a bypass and valve repair surgery and bled excessively during the procedure. The man passed away the day following his surgery. According to an internal investigation, Yetman allowed Pliner to remain on a heart-lung bypass machine too long. Additionally, he harvested a vein for the bypass when he should have harvested an artery.
Pliner wasn’t Yetman’s only act of negligence. IN the same year, Nancy Glumske, 61, died following a similar operation.
The lawsuit alleges that Yetman failed to meet a standard of care in Pliner’s surgery. That lack of care ultimately caused uncontrolled bleeding. The family and estate of Pliner is seeking an unreported amount of compensation.
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