St. Joseph Medical Center is sued by woman over 1996 death of mother

January 12, 2000|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

A Reisterstown woman whose mother died at St. Joseph Medical Center in 1996 sued the hospital yesterday, alleging that the treatment she received there caused her death.

Debra Ann McCann alleges that her mother, Freda Mae Bradshaw, died the day after she was admitted to St. Joseph because hospital staff failed to follow treatment prescribed by her physician Dr. Robert Baxt.

The suit was filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Bradshaw, 77, of Reisterstown was suffering from a bowel obstruction, was vomiting and had abdominal pains and nausea when she was admitted at 2 p.m. July 12, 1996, according to Jay Miller, McCann's lawyer.

She was rushed to the operating room when her symptoms worsened, Miller said, and died about 5 p.m. the next day of cardiac arrest caused by complications from septic shock.

The suit accuses hospital staff of failing to administer the medication ordered by Baxt for about nine hours, and failing to alert him when her condition deteriorated. Baxt was not named in the suit.

Hospital spokeswoman Sharon Sopp declined to comment on the suit yesterday.

McCann filed the suit on behalf of Bradshaw's six children, Miller said.

Pub Date: 1/12/00

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