A Beattyville couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital, Dr. Roi Reed and Marshall Emergency Services Associates in Estill Circuit Court on Oct. 2.
Jessyca Phillips and Christopher Phillips filed the suit on behalf of themselves and as administrators of the estate of their infant son who died Nov. 3, 2008.
Court papers state that Jessyca Phillips was almost 24 weeks pregnant when she went to the MWMH emergency room on Oct. 30. 2008 complaining of “sharp, low abdominal pain and back pain.” She was seen by Dr. Reed and some unidentified nurses.
The papers also state Dr. Reed noted that Jessyca Phillips was pregnant and named her obstetrician as Dr. Gordon. He or a nurse recorded the fetal heart rate.
The papers state that she wasn’t attached to a fetal monitor and that at that time the baby was viable. They state that Dr. Reed ordered a urinalysis to check for a urinary tract infection and that she wasn’t sent to a labor and delivery unit.
Papers state she was given a prescription for an antibiotic as treatment for a urinary tract infection and told to expect some bleeding and additional pain.
On the morning of Oct. 31, Jessyca did experience some bleeding and pain which she thought was caused by the infection, according to the court papers. She and Christopher went out to shop and eat lunch. During this time she experienced more severe pain in her back and abdomen. She contacted her obstetrician who told her to go to Pattie A.Clay Regional Medical Center. She was confirmed to be in active labor and was sent to labor and delivery unit where her labor couldn’t be stopped.
She gave birth to Christopher David Phillips who was soon transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he died from complications of a premature birth.
The Phillipses allege that the baby’s death was due to injury inflicted by the wrongful acts and /or negligence of the above named defendants. They are asking for compensatory damages, trial by jury, reasonable attorney’s fees and other costs associated with this action.
The couple is represented by Eric C.Deters of Independence. He stated on the papers that he has had the matter reviewed by competent health care providers qualified to testify and that they are willing to support the plaintiffs’ allegation.
The defendants were served the papers by certified mail.