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February 19. 2013 5:00PM
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SCRANTON ‚?? The daughter of an Old Forge man who died after undergoing cataract surgery has filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.

Danielle Castaldi, administrator of the estate of Joseph Dominick, claims her father died on May 25, 2011 as a result of medical errors made by two eye physicians during surgery to remove a cataract on his left eye on March 31, 2011.

According to the lawsuit:

Dominick, 62, of Old Forge, underwent eye surgery performed by Dr. Wilma Brucker under the direction of Dr. Jyoti Dugar.

Shortly after the surgery began, Dominick, who had a history of heart disease and other serious medical issues, began to move uncontrollably and suffered a loss of blood pressure.

Brucker and Dugar were aware of Dominick‚??s numerous pre-existing medical conditions, which made him a poor candidate for general anesthesia. Despite that, they continued with the surgery and administered additional anesthesia, which caused Dominick to suffer cardiac arrest and suffer brain damage that left him in a coma until his death.

The suit, filed last week by the law firm Dougherty, Leventhal and Price, says the complications were caused by an overdose of anesthesia.

It seeks unspecified damages from Brucker, Dugar and the United States government.

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