Internist sued in woman's death from cancer

September 27, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena internist was sued yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for $1 million by a man who alleges that the doctor's misdiagnosis of his mother's breast cancer led to her death in 1992.

Charles A. Rigsbee of Lisle, Ill. alleges in the wrongful death suit that Dr. Michael F. Garahy failed to detect carcinoma in his mother, Alice Jane Rigsbee, while treating her from May 1989 to May 1992.

The suit says that by the time the cancer was detected on June 5, 1992, tests at North Arundel Hospital showed it had spread to other areas of her body. It killed her less than eight weeks later, the suit said.

Dr. Garahy was unavailable yesterday.

The suit accuses him of failing to conduct the proper tests to evaluate his 61-year-old patient. The suit alleges that Dr. Garahy failed to tell her "of the risks involved in not submitting to periodic breast examinations and testing."

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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