Man sues physician, alleging negligence in death of his wife

January 24, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

The husband of a Severna Park woman who died of heart failure last year filed a $25 million suit yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, alleging that his wife's doctor was negligent.

Deborah Magnum, 39, died March 23. The suit says she was a long-time patient of Dr. Christopher deBorja, who treated her last year for diabetes, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, obesity and fatigue.

An electrocardiogram March 8 showed damage to Mrs. Magnum's heart, the suit filed by Charles Magnum Jr. of the 300 block of Magothy Road says. It also says a stress test given March 21 "indicated she had possible heart failure."

The suit claims Mrs. Magnum missed a March 23 appointment with Dr. deBorja because she had lost consciousness that day. The suit also alleges that Dr. deBorja would not speak to her when she regained consciousness or speak to her husband when they called him.

An ambulance took Mrs. Magnum to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she died.

The couple had been married five months.

"As a direct and proximate result of the health-care providers' negligence Mrs. Magnum suffered fatal complications and died," the suit says.

The suit seeks $20 million from Dr. deBorja and his partnership, North Arundel Emergency Physicians Inc., and $5 million from North Arundel Hospital, where the doctor has medical privileges.

Dr. deBorja of Pasadena did not return phone calls yesterday. Robert K. Briskin, the hospital's lawyer, declined to comment.

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