Jury awards $16.7M to family of Puyallup woman who died of swine flu

THE SEATTLE TIMES

October 28, 2015

Kathryn Flight was seven months pregnant when she became ill in the 2009 swine-flu epidemic.

TACOMA — A Pierce County jury has awarded $16.7 million to the family and estate of a Puyallup woman who died in the 2009 swine-flu epidemic.

The News Tribune reports the jury found Dr. William Marsh of Summit View Clinic did not adequately inform Kathryn Flyte of all treatment options, including taking the drug Tamiflu, when she fell ill and sought relief at the clinic.

The jury determined Marsh’s failure was “a proximate cause” of Flyte’s death. Twenty-seven-year-old Kathryn Flight was seven months pregnant when she became ill.

Doctors delivered her daughter, Abbey, early, but the girl died six months later.

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