Judge dismisses Mercy Hospital lawsuit filed by wife of COVID-19 patient

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman against Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to keep her husband on a ventilator.

According to the latest court filing, Judge Jennifer Stanfield ruled the temporary restraining order that was filed on Jan. 13 is now dissolved. In addition, the filing states a hearing which had been scheduled for Feb. 13 has been removed from the court calendar.

Anne Quiner filed the lawsuit, claiming she did not agree with a Mercy Hospital staff decision to take her husband, Scott Quiner, off a ventilator. Scott Quiner had been diagnosed with COVID-19 last fall and was first hospitalized in Waconia in October. He was then transferred to Mercy Hospital in November.

Stanfield granted a restraining order, requiring the hospital to keep Scott Quiner on the ventilator.

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Shortly after that ruling, Scott Quiner was transferred to a hospital in Houston, Texas, where he later died. Marjorie Holsten, the family’s attorney, said Scott Quiner was on a ventilator at the time of death.

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The family then dropped litigation against Mercy Hospital.

Stanfield ruled the case is dismissed “without prejudice and without costs to either party.”