Suit filed over death linked to tainted IV bag

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman is suing over the death of her mother, who attorneys say received an intravenous feeding bag contaminated with bacteria.

The lawsuit was filed in Autauga County Circuit Court on Thursday over the death of Mary Ellen Kise at Prattville hospital on March 15. It names the Birmingham-based Meds IV company, which health officials say manufactured the contaminated nutrient.

Officials say 19 people were infected by bacteria in IV feeding bags, and nine of those died. Health officials say they may never know whether the infections caused those deaths since everyone who received the nutrient was seriously ill.

The suit was filed by Montgomery attorney Jere Beasley.

Officials with Meds IV haven't returned telephone calls and other messages seeking comment.

The lawsuit also names executives with the company.

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