DISTURBING VIDEO: Assistant who ignored clinical protocol finds humor in tot’s death
| GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The family of a 1-year-old who died after a croup diagnosis received $750,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the clinic that diagnosed the toddler failed to adequately treat her.
Anabelle Black died in January 2016, days after she stopped breathing and was rushed to the hospital. Hours before the emergency, her mother had taken her to Cherry Clinic in Greenville, where she was diagnosed with croup and sent home with a prescription for steroids.
Anabelle’s mother Shelby Dorey said the ordeal started with ordinary cold symptoms.
“Stuffy nose, coughing,” she told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.
The sickness progressed. Annabelle’s fever climbed to more than 103 degrees. Dorey sought treatment at an urgent care facility, but her daughter’s condition continued to decline and she started to have the signature cough consistent with croup.
“Well, she died.” [Laugh, laugh.]
Dorey took Anabelle to Cherry Clinic, where physician’s assistant Marguerite Sowers (VIDEO) diagnosed her with croup and sent her home with a prescription for steroids.
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Dorey gave Annabelle the medication but hours later, she stopped breathing. The family started CPR and called 911. Paramedics continued lifesaving efforts as they rushed Annabelle to the hospital. She was placed on a ventilator and died days later as a result of injuries to the brain caused by the time she went without breathing.
Represented by attorney Rob Buchanan of the Buchanan & Buchanan law firm in Grand Rapids, Dorey filed a lawsuit for medical malpractice.
Because Cherry Clinic is federally funded, the suit was filed against the federal government. After months of legal back-and-forth, the case was settled for $750,000.
“(Sowers) didn’t take the time to care. She didn’t spend the time to take care of this kid correctly,” Buchanan told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.