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Woman Impaled by Tree Branch Sues

Helen Miller says medical center that owned the tree failed to maintain it



    The Lake Villa elementary school teacher who was impaled by a tree branch last October has filed a lawsuit against the medical center that owned the tree.

    Helen Miller was severely injured and put into a medically-induced coma after a branch crashed through her Smart car and pierced her abdomen.

    In her suit, Miller contends that Vista Health System Surgery and Treatment Center was negligent in properly maintaining the tree, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Miller, who in 2009 survived a rare but often fatal heart condition, had planned to create an art sculpture from the limb, but has stopped working on that project because the branch may need to be submitted as evidence in court.

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    Helen Miller, a Lake Villa elementary school art teacher, was driving near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Deep Lake Road in Lindenhurst during the Tuesday morning commute when a branch fell 70 feet and crashed through the windshield of her Smart Car.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010)