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A wrongful death lawsuit blames a La Grange doctor for failing to alert the parents of a Prospect teenager about his potentially fatal heart condition, before he collapsed and died during a soccer game last year.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 15 in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims that Dr. Carl D. Paige cleared 19-year-old Bryce Turner to participate in sports — despite the detection of a heart murmur in a June 2006 physical.
The suit claims that in July 2006, Paige faxed Turner’s father an unsigned note on a prescription pad that indicated his son was physically fit to play sports.
It reportedly failed to note other medical tests, the suits claims, which revealed Turner suffered from a thickening of the heart muscle known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The diagnosis “could be indicative of a life-threatening condition,” the suit claims.
Paige also failed to suggest a follow-up physical, according to the lawsuit.
Turner played varsity soccer for Trinity High School in Louisville, and after graduating in 2007, went on to play two years at Chapman University in California.
On March 16, 2009, he suddenly collapsed while playing a recreational soccer game at the school. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Court records indicate the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—a thickening of the heart muscle.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Bryce C. Turner Memorial Foundation. The foundation promotes early detection and increased awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
The litigation seeks a trial by jury, as well as both punitive and non-economic damages.
Paige did not comment on the suit.
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