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Eugene son sues over father's fatal heart attack.

Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

A Eugene man who says his father died of a heart attack shortly after he was discharged from a Springfield hospital with an acid reflux diagnosis has filed a $9 million malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.

Eric L. Champion, who serves as the a representative for the estate of his father, Mark A. Champion, filed suit Thursday in Lane County Circuit Court.

Mark Champion was 59 when he died Oct. 3, 2013, according to the suit.

Hours before his death, Mark Champion went to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, after having complained of chest pain, the lawsuit says.

Dr. Glenn Ziemski reviewed electrocardiogram and blood test results and sent Champion home with a diagnosis of acid reflux after concluding the blood tests were negative for signs of a heart attack, according to the suit.

That afternoon, Champion's wife and daughter found him collapsed and unconscious at their home. Paramedics transported him back to the Springfield hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the lawsuit says.

The suit names as defendants PeaceHealth, Ziemski and Eugene Emergency Physicians, which employed Ziemski at the time.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants erred by failing to recognize that Champion was at high risk for a heart attack, or noticing that electrocardiogram results showed Champion was having "an acute coronary event suggesting a heart attack or unstable angina," and faults them for discharging him with an acid reflux diagnosis when he actually was suffering from a heart attack.

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 25, 2016
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