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Ex-Marine's Estate Collects $3M After Faulty Diagnosis, August 2011

November 12, 2013

The estate of a 30-year-old former Marine veteran who died from a stroke that may have been caused by birth control pills has recovered $3 million to settle allegations that doctors could have prevented the woman’s death.

Heather Deters Bivona, of Stamford, went to West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital in September 2007 complaining of shortness of breath, according to one of the lawyers for the woman’s estate, Richard Silver, of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP in Stamford.

Silver said physicians at the hospital performed


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