Parents sue over daughter's death

September 19, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie doctor is being sued in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by the parents of an 18-year-old girl who claim she died because her asthma was not treated properly.

Mark Shacka Sr. and Ruby V. Johnson of the 200 block of Burns Crossing Road, Severn, are seeking unspecified damages in the suit filed yesterday against Dr. Ram Rastogi.

The suit alleges that Rastogi treated Malynda M. Shacka with a cough suppressant when she made an office visit Oct. 21, 1993.

Her condition warranted further testing and possibly an expectorant medication, the suit says.

Rastogi, who has an office in the 400 block of Ritchie Highway, said he had not seen the suit and could not comment.

The suit says Shacka took the recommended over-the-counter cough suppressant for about two days, but then "reported to her mother that she felt like she was going to die."

She suffered a severe coughing episode, and her mother called an ambulance, the suit says.

Shacka's heart had stopped by the time paramedics arrived, the suit says. The paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation as they took Shacka to North Arundel Hospital, where she died, the suit says.

The suit alleges that during the office visit, Rastogi failed to perform a spirometric test, an office procedure that would have determined the amount of air flowing from the lungs.

If the test had been performed, a blocked airway would have been detected and Shacka would have been sent to the hospital, the suit contends.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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