SALEM, Mass. – 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.