Malpractice suit alleges Christus let septic patient die

David Yates Apr. 20, 2011, 7:59am

A medical malpractice suit recently filed against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth alleges medical staff allowed a patient with sepsis to die.

Representing the estate of Dusty Lanford, Cindy Vanwinkle filed the suit against Christus and Dr. Samara Moore on April 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Nov. 23, 2009, Lanford, 21 at the time of the incident, was admitted to St. Elizabeth with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

"However, due to defendants' negligence, Lanford was left untreated ... and suffered an untimely death on Nov. 24, 2009," the suit states.

The suit alleges the defendants fell below the standard of care in their treatment and failed to provide the patient with the appropriate treatment.

The plaintiff is suing for all wrongful death damages allowable under law.

Beaumont attorney John Werner of the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm represents the plaintiff.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-799

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