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Knoxville family wins $3.25 million lawsuit against Tennova in wrongful death case

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A Knoxville family is talking to 6 News for the first time after winning a $3.25 million lawsuit in June against Tennova Healthcare in a wrongful death case. A Knoxville family is talking to 6 News for the first time after winning a $3.25 million lawsuit in June against Tennova Healthcare in a wrongful death case.
25-year-old Valerie Hurley died in 2009 at St. Mary's North in Powell. 25-year-old Valerie Hurley died in 2009 at St. Mary's North in Powell.
"She was a UT student, she worked for the Knoxville Zoo. She worked out all the time. She was on the go all the time. She loved to read, she loved music, she loved dancing. She was just a good kid," Teresa Hurley said. "She was a UT student, she worked for the Knoxville Zoo. She worked out all the time. She was on the go all the time. She loved to read, she loved music, she loved dancing. She was just a good kid," Teresa Hurley said.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville family is talking to 6 News for the first time after winning a $3.25 million lawsuit in June against Tennova Healthcare in a wrongful death case.

25-year-old Valerie Hurley died in 2009 at St. Mary's North in Powell. Her parents say their daughter was healthy, and the hospital caused her to die by giving her too much fluid.

Teresa and Darrell Hurley's home is filled with memories of their only daughter Valerie.

"She was a UT student, she worked for the Knoxville Zoo. She worked out all the time. She was on the go all the time. She loved to read, she loved music, she loved dancing. She was just a good kid," Teresa said.

Now, those memories are all they have left.

"This is a picture my son made for me the Mother's Day that she passed away," Teresa said, pointing to the picture.

Valerie went to the hospital on March 1, 2009. Her parents say she fell and hit her head in her bathroom and wanted to make sure she didn't have a concussion. She didn't, but the hospital kept her overnight, saying she was dehydrated.

"We went to work that day because we thought Valerie was going to be OK. They said they were going to rehydrate her and send her home," Darrell said.

Throughout the next day and into the night, Valerie was given about 11 pounds, nearly two gallons, of saltwater through an IV. But Teresa says her daughter was only getting worse.

"I kept calling the nurse in there and the nurse told me there was not a doctor to call and that we're going to have to let it run its course."

Medical records show a nurse wrote down that Valerie was having chest pains and trouble breathing, but her parents say nothing was done about it until it was too late.

"As the evening went her pain was getting worse and finally she collapsed around 12:30, and then they decided to call a code. They would not call a doctor until she collapsed," Teresa said.

Valerie died in the early morning hours of March 3, 2009. The Hurley's say it's now their mission to make sure this doesn't happen to another family. They started a Facebook page called Justice for Valerie Hurley.

"There's a standard of care in Knox County that these hospitals are required by law to do, they're not doing it. They're failure to do that has cost us our child," Darrell said.

The case may not be over yet. The family expects Tennova to appeal the decision. Tennova officials have no comment.


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