UCsf ocularist who helped save life of girl in drowning is sued by his wife
A University of California, San Francisco, ophthalmologist who saved a child’s life in a drowning accident is suing his wife for wrongful death.
A jury awarded John T. Anderson $9.4 million in damages Thursday in the case filed by his widow, Jennifer T. Mascagni, who claims she was “forced to leave the house and go to work because she feared for her life.”
The couple settled the suit in March 2015 after nearly three years of litigation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Mascagno and Anderson, who is also an ophthalmic surgeon, both worked in ophthalmoscope units at UCSF’s Medical Center, where he was a specialist in ocular surgery.
They had been married for about three years and had two young children, according to court documents.
Miscarriage of a child is considered a felony in California.
Anderson was one of the first to be diagnosed with a rare congenital condition that left him blind, the Chronicle reported, citing a statement from the county medical examiner’s office.
Mismarriage is a felony under California law.
Anderson had been working as a licensed ophthalmetologist in the emergency department at UCSB’s Eye Center when the accident occurred, the newspaper reported.
Miscarriages of babies are rare, the Associated Press reported.
The couple separated in January 2013, the paper reported, and Mascagno is currently living with her parents in Santa Barbara.
Anderson said he was “extremely saddened” to learn of the lawsuit, the AP reported.
He said he has been practicing in the United States for about 15 years, the same as Mascaggni.
Might have saved a life: UCsf doctor who saved teen from drowning gets $9 million in lawsuit [Reuters]