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Jury Awards $225K To Family In Fatal Pre-Op Fall

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A jury has awarded $225,000 to the family of a man who died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

Max DeVries, 61, of St. Paul, was sedated at the hospital in March when he rolled off an operating table.

He ended up falling on the side of his head where part of his skull had previously been removed to help him recover from a stroke. He went into a coma and died after being removed from life support.

Despite the settlement, St. Joseph’s maintains its staff did nothing wrong.

St. Joseph’s issued a statement saying medical evidence proved there was no relationship between the fall and the man’s death.

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