Hospital sued for allegedly discharging woman in active labor

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 9, 2011, 4:34pm

Columbia Medical Center of McKinney

SHERMAN - An East Texas hospital is being sued after allegedly discharging a woman who was in active labor.

Wendy Cherry, individually and as next friend of a minor, filed suit against Columbia Medical Center of McKinney Subsidiary and Columbia North Texas Subsidiary GP on Feb. 3 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

According to the complaint, Cherry presented to the emergency room on Feb. 4, 2009, with the onset of severe pelvic pain. She states she was discharged without being stabilized and without an appropriate medical screening to determine whether or not she was in active labor.

Shortly after being released, Cherry delivered the baby at her residence, with the assistance of emergency medical technicians. She alleges that the delay in the delivery resulted in an injury to the baby.

Cherry argues that her baby would not have suffered an injury at the Medical Center of McKinney because the hospital had equipment, medical services and physicians qualified to assist in the delivery.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expense, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of familial consortium, physical impairment, interest and court costs.

Cherry is represented by R. William Wood of Wood, Thacker & Weatherly in Dallas.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00053

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