A $2.1 million medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against Columbia Memorial Hospital has been settled.
Ann Potter, an Astoria bookkeeper, died several weeks after having surgery at the hospital in 2013 for a perforated ulcer. Her family alleged that Edouard Duret, the doctor who performed the surgery, prescribed Potter pain medication that can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding.
Potter, 77, was married to Tom Potter, an architect who served on the Astoria City Council. Tom Potter died last year.
The family’s lawsuit named Duret, who has retired, and the hospital. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
“It’s a satisfactory resolution,” said Mark McCulloch, a Portland attorney for the family.
Paul Mitchell, a spokesman for the hospital, declined to comment.
The suit was filed last March. A hearing on a motion in the case had been scheduled for Thursday in Circuit Court. A trial had been set for January.
Duret also is licensed in Washington state, where he has practiced in recent years at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco and Willapa Harbor Hospital in Sound Bend. His current medical license expires May 20, 2017.