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Malpractice lawsuit involving Pequot Lakes woman revived

A once dismissed malpractice lawsuit involving the death of a Pequot Lakes woman will likely make it to the courtroom. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled recently that the district court erred when it dismissed the case of 36-year-old Jodie Shi...

A once dismissed malpractice lawsuit involving the death of a Pequot Lakes woman will likely make it to the courtroom.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled recently that the district court erred when it dismissed the case of 36-year-old Jodie Shierts of Pequot Lakes.

Shierts needed a kidney and pancreas transplant because of diabetes, according to the court document. She received a diseased pancreas in March 2007 and died of severe sepsis related to T-cell lymphoma 5, five months later.

According to the court document, Shierts' doctor, Ty Dunn, breached the state's law on standard of care by accepting the organ. Dunn didn't know it was diseased, but she should have screened the donor better, the document said.

Lawyers representing Dunn and others named in the lawsuit could ask the state's Supreme Court to review the case, according the the Star Tribune. If not, the case will go before the Hennepin County District Court.

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