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Verona man's lawsuit targets health care company

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

A Verona man filed a civil lawsuit in Allegheny County court on Wednesday claiming a health care company killed his cancer-stricken mother by refusing to deliver new oxygen tanks before hers were empty.

Raymond G. Anthony Jr. claims that his mother, Marlene F. Anthony, 57, of Wilkinsburg, died on April 23 because she ran out of oxygen after employees of Apria Healthcare Inc. said they would not make a delivery on a Sunday. Marlene Anthony had lung cancer and needed the oxygen to breathe.

Raymond Anthony said an Apria employee told his mother to hook up her emergency tank, which was supposed to last two days. When paramedics pronounced her dead the next day, all of her oxygen tanks were empty, the suit said.

Apria's web site says it has some 550 locations throughout the United States.

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