The opinion of the court was delivered by: TROUTMAN
Plaintiff, proceeding under the Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleges that she was treated at defendant Warren Hospital as a result of a fall which she suffered at her Easton, Pennsylvania, home in February, 1980. Being pregnant, she purportedly remained in the hospital for some time thereafter and received inadequate medical care by an incompetent staff. Upon giving birth to a live baby boy, plaintiff repeatedly instructed the nursing staff to have her child baptized. Notwithstanding the staff's assurance that they would comply with her instructions, the staff nevertheless failed to do so. Tragically, plaintiff's child, still unbaptized, died shortly thereafter. We assume the veracity of these factual allegations, Walker Process Equipment Co. v. Food Machinery & Chemical Corp., 382 U.S. 172, 86 S. Ct. 347, 15 L. Ed. 2d 247 (1965), and remain properly solicitous of plaintiff, who is proceeding pro se. Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21, 30 L. Ed. 2d 652, 92 S. Ct. 594 (1972). However, because plaintiff has alleged "no set of facts" which would serve as entitlement to relief under § 1983, we dismiss the complaint. Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41, 45-46, 2 L. Ed. 2d 80, 78 S. Ct. 99 (1957).
In order to state a claim under § 1983 plaintiff must allege that conduct "fairly attributable to the state" Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., 457 U.S. 922, 102 S. Ct. 2744, 2754, 73 L. Ed. 2d 482, 495 (1982), has resulted in a deprivation of a right "secured by the Constitution". Flagg Bros., Inc. v. Brooks, 436 U.S. 149, 155, 56 L. Ed. 2d 185, 98 S. Ct. 1729 (1978). Plaintiff has alleged neither of these two elemental and essential requirements.
Accordingly, because plaintiff has failed to allege any cognizable civil rights claim and because our jurisdiction is purportedly invoked under § 1983, we will dismiss the complaint.
Additional reasons support dismissal. Plaintiff has failed to allege any facts whatsoever which would even suggest that this Court has in personam jurisdiction over any of the named defendants. Specifically, the complaint fails to allege that any defendant has sufficient "minimum contacts" with Pennsylvania such that "maintenance of the suit does not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice". International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310, 316, 90 L. Ed. 95, 66 S. Ct. 154 (1945). See also, World-Wide Volkswagen Corp. v. Woodson, 444 U.S. 286, 62 L. Ed. 2d 490, 100 S. Ct. 559 (1980). An appropriate order shall issue.
AND NOW, this 16th day of February, 1983, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED and that the complaint is DISMISSED.
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