Monroeville man who needed to cancel marriage ceremony over misinterpret covid take a look at consequence sues UPMC

By late July 2020, Michael Martin and his fiancee, Inger Tyree, had all the pieces set for his or her Aug. 1 marriage ceremony.

Because it was the peak of the covid-19 pandemic, Martin and Tyree deliberate to have their 125 visitors attend the Boyce Park reception in shifts so they may comply with capability guidelines however nonetheless get pleasure from their massive day.

But on July 22, Martin didn’t really feel properly. He had a fever of 103 levels, hassle respiration and a particularly sore throat. He referred to as UPMC Community Medicine and was referred to UPMC Mercy South Side for a covid take a look at.

He additionally went to the emergency room and a fast take a look at confirmed he had strep throat. He mentioned he obtained a dose of steroids and shortly felt higher.

“I didn’t feel like I had covid,” Martin mentioned.

The subsequent day, nonetheless, the doctor assistant at his physician’s workplace referred to as and advised Martin that he had examined constructive for covid. Martin was shocked.

“‘You know I’m getting married? Are you sure?’” he mentioned he requested the doctor assistant. “She said, ‘Yes, you have to cancel the wedding.’”

And that’s what Martin did.

He instantly referred to as all of the distributors they’d employed and advised household and mates the marriage was off. Martin mentioned he misplaced $6,000 for the fits he had rented for his 5 groomsmen, $3,325 for the photographer and $4,800 for a DJ who was scheduled to be on the reception from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

His fiancee was devastated.

The subsequent day, the doctor assistant referred to as again and mentioned she had learn the pc display incorrectly. Martin didn’t have covid, she mentioned.

On Tuesday, Martin, 56, of Monroeville, filed a lawsuit towards UPMC Community Medicine, Primary Care Partners of Monroeville UPMC and the doctor assistant who reported the constructive take a look at consequence.

A spokesman for UPMC mentioned he couldn’t touch upon the pending litigation.

On Wednesday, Martin described how tough it was to need to cancel the marriage within the first place.

Family members had been planning to fly in, and Inger, who had been married earlier than in a small ceremony, had been particularly wanting ahead to the bigger occasion. She spent numerous hours making desk centerpieces and shopping for chair coverings. There’s nonetheless about $2,000 value of banquet provides of their basement, Martin mentioned.

After he realized that he didn’t have covid, Martin mentioned he tried to get all the pieces again on observe. But he mentioned it was too late. The venue was gone and, at that stage of the pandemic, individuals had been nonetheless fearful, he mentioned.

The couple determined to nonetheless get married on Aug. 1, 2020, and Martin mentioned he tried to make it particular.

He mentioned a buddy of a buddy owned a yacht and was prepared to hire it out for the day. Martin, Tyree, their daughters, an aunt and the perfect man boarded the yacht at a dock alongside the Allegheny River in New Kensington after which spent the time out on the water, the place they exchanged vows.

“We didn’t have the wedding we wanted, but the ultimate goal was to be married,” Martin mentioned.

Martin mentioned he spoke to his physician in regards to the mistake and the physician was sympathetic. He mentioned he would converse with officers within the follow to attempt to assist Martin recoup a few of his losses, however practically two years later, Martin mentioned the physician advised him no cash could be forthcoming.

Martin mentioned the lawsuit is partly about recouping a few of the cash he misplaced, nevertheless it’s additionally about making certain that what occurred doesn’t happen once more.

“People don’t want to own up to their responsibility that this happened,” he mentioned. “This error, she read the screen wrong. You diagnosed me incorrectly, and it caused me this turmoil.”

Paula Reed Ward is a Tribune-Review employees author. You can contact Paula by e-mail at [email protected] or through Twitter .

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