Diabetic Slips into Coma While Using Medtronic Insulin Pump

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The estate of a diabetic man who slipped into a coma while using a diabetes pump has sued the maker of the pump. According to the complaint, the deceased was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1970s. He was very vigilant about watching his diet, monitoring his insulin levels, and visiting his doctor. 

For the last few years of his life, he relied on an insulin pump manufactured by Medtronic to control his insulin levels. In 2013, according to the complaint, he suffered a diabetic attack in his sleep and died because the pump failed to give him the correct dose of insulin. The complaint alleges that he had been correctly using the pump, but it failed to warn him that his insulin levels were at a dangerous level. The man was found in a state of unconsciousness and was hospitalized in a coma for several weeks before passing away.

The company that manufactures the device says the device is able to regulate the blood sugar levels of diabetic consumers with accurate doses of insulin in a steady trickle. However, the company has faced criticism in the past. The FDA said that it did not report a pump malfunction in 2009 that caused a patient to be hospitalized. Also, the FDA found many problems at its manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico, including issues with its product testing. Medtronic recalled some pumps in 2009, but continued issuing more recalls over the next two years since there continued to be problems with the pumps.

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