An Epidural Can Kill Your Husband

July 8th, 2005 // 3 Comments

Beware of long needles.

A California woman is suing a hospital for wrongful death because her husband fainted and suffered a fatal injury after helping delivery room staff give her a pain-killing injection.

In June 2004, Passalaqua’s husband, Steven Passalaqua, was asked by Kaiser staff to hold and steady his wife while an employee inserted an epidural needle into her back, court papers said. The sight of the needle caused Steven Passalaqua, 33, to faint and he fell backward, striking his head on an aluminum cap molding at the base of the wall.

Jeanette Passalaqua delivered the couple’s second child, a boy, later that day. Steven Passalaqua, however, suffered a brain hemorrhage as a result of his fall and died two days later, the lawsuit said.

The suit seeks unspecified damages related to Steven Passalaqua’s death and to Jeanette Passalaqua’s emotional distress at being widowed with two young children.

Man faints, dies after seeing epidural [Reuters]

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. that is absolutely horrible, I can’t imagine losing a husband and giving birth practically at the same time. To me- the process of suing would make everything worse. don’t know. nauseating.

  2. bethany

    Having had an epidural in April, I can honestly say little matters after you feel that sweet sweet sensation of cool water running down your back. However, if the husband was that askeered of needles, he should not have volunteered to help steady his wife.

  3. Penguin

    Kaiser = death. I’ve lost several friends to the horror that is Kaiser Healthcare

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