Hospital's Medication Error Killed New Mom, Family Awarded $2 Million

A jury has awarded $2 million to the family of a Methuen woman who died after being given medication following the delivery of her baby.

Priscilla Jardine died in February 2004 after being given the blood pressure drug labetalol following a Caesarean section.

The wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor who recommended the drug claimed the 32-year-old woman's blood pressure dropped to dangerous levels before she went into cardiac arrest.

A Salem Superior Court jury determined Thursday that Dr. Debra Gail Knee was negligent for recommending the medication.

The family's lawyer, Lisa Arrowood, tells The Eagle-Tribune the decision is "long awaited justice."

Knee's attorney, Peter Kelley, called it "a curious and unexplainable verdict" that will probably be appealed.