Parents of a boy in Putnam County, West Virginia have filed suit against the Marshall University Board of Governors and Teays Pediatrics’ Dr. Ann Lambernedis, claiming that the parties were careless and negligent when caring for their son who was 7-years-old at the time. Their neglect in care led to the boy entering a permanent vegetative state.
According to reports, Tabatha and Karle Griffith took their son to Teays Pediatrics on December 13, 2010. The child had been vomiting over the course of a week. The child was seen by Dr. Lambernedis who failed to properly diagnose the cause of his vomiting. There was also no record of the child’s pulse having been taken.
Just a few days later, the parents called the doctor several times to report that their son was still vomiting. They were able to see Dr. Lambernedis again on December 27. The doctor failed to diagnose the boy a second time, and there was no record of the boy’s pulse being taken on that visit either. The child continued to vomit intermittently and the parents returned to the doctor on July 18, 2011. Dr. Lambernedis referred the family to a gastroenterologist.
The family visited the gastroenterologist and the child was ultimately transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was diagnosed with a heart condition called supraventricular tachycardia. The child went into arrest the next morning and entered a permanent vegetative state.
The family is seeking damages for economic and noneconomic losses in addition to other expenses.
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