Widower of meningitis victim sues clinic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The husband of a Nashville woman who died in the fungal meningitis outbreak after receiving injections has sued the clinic that gave the shots.

The Tennessean reported attorneys for Wayne Reed filed the lawsuit late Wednesday against the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center and its owners, including Saint Thomas Health, Saint Thomas Hospital and the Howell Allen Clinic.

The complaint also challenges caps on medical malpractice awards in a new state law and seeks $12.5 million in compensatory damages.

Reed is disabled and the lawsuit states his wife, Diana Reed, was his primary caregiver. The 56-year-old woman received three shots of at the clinic, the last coming on Sept. 18. She died on Oct. 3.

A Saint Thomas Health spokeswoman said the organization does not comment on pending litigation.

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