Daughter alleges Thomas Hospital's delayed evaluation led to father's death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 28, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing a hospital, alleging negligence led to the death of her father.

Shelly Sanders, administrator of the estate of John Daniel Brennan, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital Association, doing business as Thomas Memorial Hospital, alleging the hospital deviated from the applicable standards of medical care, causing the death of a patient.

According to the complaint, Sept. 8, 2017, Brennan came to Thomas Memorial's emergency department with complaints of shortness of breath and edema that had lasted for three days. However, the suit states, Brennan was held in the emergency department for more than an hour after his admission but was not placed on telemetry when he was found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest by the echo tech until a code blue was called. 

As a result, the lawsuit states, Brennan died Sept. 9, 2017, due to acute respiratory failure with hypoxia. 

The plaintiff alleges Thomas Memorial Hospital failed to place Brennan on a cardiac monitor in the telemetry unit upon his arrival, leading to the delayed treatment of his cardiac arrest.

Sanders seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment costs, allowable fees and all other just relief. She is represented by attorney Richard D. Lindsay of Tabor Lindsay & Associates in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-986

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