Orlando woman with diabetes dies hours before husband learned her insulin pump was recalled

in Orlando News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Wendy Stellato’s insulin pump was still stuck to her stomach when police found her sprawled on a gravel road, dead from hypoglycemic shock. Hours later, court records show, her husband would open a letter from the pump’s manufacturer and learn the device his wife depended so much on had been recalled.

Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device manufacturer and maker of the pump that the Orlando woman was wearing, now faces a lawsuit alleging the company failed to properly test some of its insulin pumps and sold defective infusion sets. The suit, filed by Michael Stellato in federal court in Orlando last week, also claims the company failed to remove the recalled devices even after the defects were known.

Wendy Stellato, 54, had just left work Nov. 18, 2017, when the side effects of excessive insulin started to set in, the lawsuit describes. She was driving home, taking her usual route down the BeachLine Expressway, the same commute she’d taken for the past 10 years while working at Golf Channel. But then, instead of getting off at her normal exit at Narcoossee Road, she passed the exit and got off a few miles later before stopping the car at the end of an unfamiliar dirt road.

By now, more insulin had been pumped into her body, unbeknownst to Wendy.