Malpractice Lawsuit Is Headed For Jury

Doctor Sued In 1988 Death Of Woman

April 19, 1992|By Darren Allen | Darren Allen,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — The malpractice lawsuit against a Washington Heights Medical Center doctor is expected to go a Carroll County Circuit Court jury tomorrow.

McCay Vernon, of Ridge Road, sued Dr. Niel J. Borelli for unspecified damages in the 1988 death of Vernon's 63-year-old wife, Edith.

The suit contends that Borelli failed to properly diagnose a cancerous stomach tumor in 1986.

Testimony began Monday in the malpractice trial, which is the second one heard in the case.

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury found in favor of Borelli in a 1990 trial.

But the Maryland Court of Special Appeals last year ordered a retrial, saying instructions given to the jurors in the first trial were prejudicial against Vernon.

Expert testimony formed the bulk of what the jurors heard last week.

According to testimony in the trial,Edith Vernon went to Borelli in 1986 after complaining of bleeding, stomach pain and cramping.

Borelli performed several tests, and concluded that nothing was abnormal.

Two years later, she complainedof the same symptoms, as well as a 10-pound weight loss and loss of appetite.

A second battery of similar tests revealed a malignant tumor that extended along the walls of her stomach.

As a result of those tests, Edith Vernon underwent surgery in August of 1988 to haveher stomach, spleen and pancreas removed. However, the tumor was toolarge to be completely removed.

She died in October 1988.

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