Jury awards $3.5 million verdict against St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck
BISMARCK — A jury awarded $3.5 million in damages to a woman who suffered a stroke after a major artery was accidentally severed during surgery at St. Alexius Hospital.
On Friday, April 28, at the end of a two-week trial in Burleigh County, a nine-person panel decided Dr. Allen Michael Booth, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon, and the hospital negligently performed a lymph node biopsy on Chenille Condon, 35, of Fort Yates, in 2012.
"It was a case of a very tragic medical error that took away Ms. Condon's upward trajectory in life," said her attorney, Tom Conlin. "This jury was incredibly courageous ... They had to issue a verdict against a major health care provider in Bismarck."
A statement from CHI St. Alexius Health, made on behalf of the doctor and the hospital, said the organization disagrees with the jury's finding and is "reviewing our legal options moving forward."