LANCASTER - A lawsuit has been filed against Garrard County Memorial Hospital and three other defendants in the wake of the death of a woman who received treatment there in Nov. 2002.
According the suit filed in Garrard Circuit Court, Dorothy Ledford died of asphyxiation on Nov. 3 of last year. The suit states that Ledford had been admitted to Garrard Hospital Nov. 2 because her tongue was swollen and she had difficulty swallowing and breathing.
The suit was filed by Donald Ledford of Lincoln County, executor of the estate of Dorothy Ledford. In addition to the hospital, other defendants named in the suit are Stephen M. Clancy, M.D., Marshall Emergency Services Associates, P.S.C., and nurse Matthew Boggs.
Dr. Clancy was working for Marshall Emergency Services Associates as the emergency room physician when Ledford was admitted, according to the suit. He is accused of administering treatment "in an unskilled, negligent, and unprofessional manner resulting in serious and disabling injuries which led to Dorothy Ledford's death by asphyxiation," the suit claims.