Wyoming news briefs for October 19


Gasoline prices drop more than 4 cents per gallon in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — Wyoming gas prices have fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.41 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 494 stations in Wyoming.

Gas prices in Wyoming are 11.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, and stand $1.27 per gallon higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Wyoming was priced at $2.97 per gallon Monday, while the most expensive was $3.89, a difference of 92 cents per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.30 per gallon Monday. The national average is up 11.1 cents per gallon from a month ago, and stands $1.15 per gallon higher than a year ago.

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Woman suing retired surgeon, claims botched hip replacement

CODY — Three surgeries, two different hospitals and one Life Flight: all for a hip replacement surgery.

A Greybull woman is suing Cody Regional Health and its former orthopedic surgeon and hospital board member Frank Schmidt for claims she nearly died and suffered long-term illness from an allegedly botched hip replacement surgery he administered.

In her lawsuit for more than $1 million, Onita Gillstrap is accusing the defendants of negligence related to failure to provide appropriate surgical and reasonable care, failure to advise of risks that caused physical damages and medical treatments. Gilstrap said she is suffering damages that include past and future medical costs, lost earning capacity and household services, physical pain and disability, suffering and emotional distress.

Gilstrap cited medical notes in her allegations.

Schmidt submitted his response on July 16 and denied all claims of negligence. He said in her filing, Gilstrap misquoted and misinterpreted his and Dr. Kristin Flowers’ notes and medical records. On the same day as his response, Schmidt’s attorney made a separate filing requesting a jury trial on this matter.

“Due to the negligent surgical error by Schmidt, Gilstrap suffered a devastating vascular injury with catastrophic complications, and permanent residual physical and mental injuries,” according to the filing complaint.

Schmidt is no longer employed with CRH and let his medical license expire in September 2020, according to documents.

In his response, Schmidt said the damages may have been caused by a third party, omissions or preexisting conditions.

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