POINT PLEASANT – A Mason County woman is suing a hospital and two doctors for an alleged misdiagnosis that led to her mother’s death.

Stephanie Sheline, executor of the estate of Sharon G. Givens (deceased) filed a lawsuit March 30 in Mason Circuit Court against Pleasant Valley Hospital Inc., Dr. Timothy E. Crouch and Dr. John E. Cornell, alleging professional malpractice and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, after Givens, 70, was treated at Pleasant Valley Hospital for a urinary tract infection and released on May 19, 2014, she returned two days later complaining of persistent shortness of breath. The suit says Crouch and Cornell diagnosed her with low blood pressure, heart and renal failure, and diabetes, but her condition worsened in Pleasant Valley’s intensive care unit. Givens was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital, the suit says, where she allegedly passed away from septic shock on May 22, 2014.

The plaintiff says doctors failed to recognize and treat her mother’s multi-system organ failure aggressively, contributing to her death.

Sheline seeks a jury trial and damages including recovery of medical and burial expenses, lost income and compensation for her injuries. She is represented by attorney Robert H. Miller II of The Sutter Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

Judge David W. Nibert is assigned to the case.

Mason Circuit Court Case number 16-C-28

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