Parents claim doc failed to diagnose son's hydrocephalus

Kelly Holleran May 3, 2010, 9:00am

A Jefferson County couple claim a doctor at Regional Pediatrics failed to timely diagnose water on their son's brain, causing him to experience severe developmental deficits.

Ty and Courtney Cropper filed a lawsuit April 20 in Jefferson County District Court against Dr. Edward Braye Jr. and Regional Pediatrics.

The Croppers claim Braye treated their son, Breylon Cropper, during his well-child care visits from July 29, 2007, through Oct. 24, 2008.

However, Braye failed to recognize Breylon's abnormal head circumference growth at his 6-, 9-, 11- and 12-month check-ups, according to the complaint.

"As a result, the evidence will show that Dr. Braye failed to timely diagnose hydrocephalus resulting in a delay in definitive treatment and a prolonged period of intercranial pressure during a critical period of rapid brain development such that Breylon Cropper now has severe developmental deficits," the suit states.

Because of the water on his brain, Breylon Cropper suffered physical pain, mental anguish, physical incapacity, impairment, disability, mental incapacity, loss of enjoyment of life, loss or damage to his familial relationships and disfigurement, the complaint says. In addition, his parents incurred medical costs, they claim.

The Croppers blame Braye for their son's problems, saying he breached his standard of care.

In their complaint, the Croppers seek an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which they may be entitled.

Craig Lewis and John J. Brothers of The Lewis Law Firm in Houston will be representing them.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson District County Court case number: D186-634.

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