Settlement reached in alleged botched, deadly anesthesia


Settlement reached in alleged botched, deadly anesthesia

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A settlement was reached in a 2015 lawsuit filed against Kettering Medical Center and Kettering Anesthesia Associates by the family of a Springboro woman who died following alleged complications during an anesthesia attempt.

The civil lawsuit filed by the family of Wilma Parlett in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court alleged negligence and sought a declaratory judgment. It was settled for an undisclosed amount, and Parlett’s family dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice in November.

The suit said Parlett went in July 14, 2014, for an MRI to see if she had a leak in a breast implant or if a lump in her breast was cancerous. Due to a history of claustrophobia, Parlett requested anesthesia before she was placed in the MRI machine.

The suit said the defendants “were negligent and deviated from the standard of care including but not limited to, in intubating Mrs. Parlett through her esophagus rather than through her trachea and/or in failing to recognize the esophageal intubation and to correct it immediately.”

The lawsuit said Parlett was reintubated and resuscitated, but that she suffered severe and diffuse anoxic brain damage and remained in a vegetative state in a coma.

The suit individually named two doctors and two nurse anesthetists. In 2015, defense attorney Susan Blasik-Miller said her clients “are very experienced anesthesia providers who are well respected at the hospital” and were “deeply saddened by this unexpected tragic outcome for their patient and her family.”

Staff Writer Mark Gokavi contributed reporting.

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