Therapy table death lawsuit

Published Jul 19, 2013 at 05:00AM

A family’s lawsuit says a 64-year-old Deschutes County man died after he was stuck upside down for a “prolonged period” in an inversion therapy table marketed as a way to relieve back pain, improve joint health and build muscle tone.

The lawsuit says Gary Lee Price, of Bend, couldn’t get the device to return to the upright position and couldn’t remove himself from it.

The medical examiner’s office said he was asphyxiated and ruled the death an accident.

Medical experts say a prolonged period of hanging upside down can lead to severe injury or eventually death.

The lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Eugene seeks $1 million from STL International Inc. of Puyallup, Wash.

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