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GOUVERNEUR — The family of a man who was given the wrong blood type and died two weeks later is planning to sue E.J. Noble Hospital.

Jack Hutton, 62, died Sept. 19 at his home in Richville, where he was under the care of his family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

“We feel he was not ready,” his wife, Linda, said.

Mrs. Hutton said her husband was ill with lung cancer that had metastasized but that E.J. Noble’s mistake led to his death from a stroke.

“Definitely,” Mrs. Hutton said. “The stroke was what took him. We didn’t put two and two together but my daughter looked it up on the Internet and it said getting the wrong blood could cause a stroke.”

The hospital’s medical staff discussed the case and determined that the incorrect blood type did not cause the death, Hospital Administrator Charles P. Conole said.

“No question it was an error. It had no impact on his demise,” Mr. Conole said. “He was seriously ill. Certainly the family has a right to research it.”

The state Health Department cited the hospital’s lab for serious deficiencies Aug. 25 and ordered a corrective plan. The department became aware of the incident involving Mr. Hutton Sept. 7. On Friday, it shut down the lab, which resulted in the closure of the hospital.

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