A Belleville hospital denies liability in a woman’s wrongful death suit alleging her husband died of cardiac arrest as a result of the defendants’ negligence.

Barbara Tanner, as special administrator for the estate of Bryant Tanner Jr., filed the lawsuit on Oct. 19 against Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Paban Saha and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

According to the complaint, Bryant Tanner Jr. died on Jan. 23 after he was admitted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville for treatment of atrial fibrillation. While there, he was allegedly under the medical care of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants and Saha. Following his treatment, the decedent allegedly developed abnormal cardiac activity, which led to cardiac arrest and his death, the suit states.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital answered the complaint on Oct. 30 through attorney Michael Nester of Donovan Rose Nester in Belleville. It denies liability in the wrongful death suit and argues that any alleged injuries were caused by third parties.

The plaintiff answered the affirmative defenses on Nov. 4 through attorney Mary Mansfield Brauer of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin in Belleville, claiming that the alleged damages were caused “in whole, or in part,” by St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-593

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