Grandmother Sues on Grandson’s Behalf after Death


A woman whose grandson died after a diagnostic procedure that allegedly perforated his colon is suing for malpractice.

According to 24th Judicial District Court documents, Emily Mae Dobard has filed a malpractice lawsuit on behalf of Terril Dobard against Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Ochsner Medical Center Westbank, Dr. Rebekah Lemann, Dr. Travis Hill and Dr. Emery Minnard early last month.

The plaintiff, Emily Dobard, claims that she is the closest living relative to her grandson, Terril Dobard who died in the care of the defendants. Terril Dobard went to Ochsner Medical Center Westbank on March 4, 2012, complaining of abdominal pain and digestive issues. He was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction. Three days later on March 7, he was placed on an IV for hydration. Dobard asserts in the lawsuit that her grandson underwent a series of tests that identified a malignant tumor in his bowel. It was during one of the procedures that Terril Dobard’s bowel had been punctured. Terril Dobard died on March 8, 2012 from a pulmonary embolism. Dobard claims that the death of her grandson was caused by the invasive testing which caused the puncture of his bowel.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount for survival damages, severe injuries and wrongful death.

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