Jury Clears Doctor in Woman's Death after Polar Bear Plunge

The Washington Times

The parents of a Pennsylvania woman who died after attending an icy-water Polar Bear Plunge at the New Jersey shore have lost their legal case against a hospital and a doctor who pronounced her dead by telephone from miles away.

Hottenstein had been drinking with friends after the town's annual Polar Bear Plunge the previous night. She didn't take the plunge but fell off a pier later. The family's lawsuit said she may have been alive but suffering from hypothermia when paramedics arrived. The lawsuit named AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, in southeastern New Jersey, and the doctor who pronounced Hottenstein dead.

A federal jury disagreed with the arguments from Philadelphia-area resident Tracy Hottenstein's family that paramedics could have done more to save her.