‘Medical Negligence’ Alleged in Lawsuit Against Des Moines (IA) First Responders, Doctor

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According to a report from The Des Moines Register, a lawsuit was filed against seven first responders, the city of Des Moines, “Dr. John Doe,” and the Iowa Lutheran Hospital by the fiancé of a Des Moines man who has been in a “vegetative state” the past two years. The suit alleges “medical negligence” that caused the man’s brain injury.

Michelle Boston, the fiancé and guardian of Lawrence McLachlan III, described McLachlan in court documents as a healthy, 49-year-old African American man at the time he sought care for respiratory issues in September 2018.

The lawsuit describes a medical episode in which first responders and the anonymous doctor failed to provide competent, timely treatment. The plaintiff seeks compensation for damages including medical and drug costs, lost income and future earnings, past and future pain and suffering, anguish, anxiety, loss of life enjoyment, and past and future loss of full mind and body.

On September 11, 2018, McLachlan visited MercyOne East Village Urgent Care Clinic after experiencing coughing and other respiratory issues for at least a week. There, the suit says, a doctor observed McLachlan’s labored breathing and suggested an ambulance he be taken by ambulance to the emergency room.

Dispatchers received a call from the urgent care center at 3:17 p.m., and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from the Des Moines Fire Department arrived on scene at 3:19 p.m, but at least 17 minutes passed before the EMTs prepared intubation at 3:37 p.m., according to the suit.

After several failed attempts to intubate him, the EMTs were successful in doing so at 3:45 p.m, according to the suit. However, they removed the tube because McLachlan was vomiting blood while en route to the hospital. 

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