Daughter blames doctors for mother's death

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 26, 2017

GRETNA – A daughter alleges negligent doctors caused her mother's death.

Debra Border, individually and on behalf of her deceased mother, Herta Fondren, filed a suit July 24 against Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center LLC, Dr. W. Brooks Emory and Dr. Steven Granier in the 24th Judicial District Court, alleging negligence.

According to the claim, Border's mother began to experience difficulty breathing in early 2012. The suit states her primary doctor, Granier, referred her to Emory. The lawsuit states Fondren saw Emory on Feb. 10, 2012, but despite finding abnormalities, Emory failed to take any action. 

The suit says Fondren continued to experience difficulties breathing and saw Emory on Feb. 23, 2013, who told her that no biopsy was needed. In May 2013, the suit alleges, Emory diagnosed the woman with COPD and on June 10, 2013, she was admitted for critical care due to severe symptoms. 

When a biopsy was taken Aug. 12, 2103, the suit says, Fondren was found to have a tumor in stage 2 or 3 cancer. She died Oct. 23, 2013, due to the cancer.

Border accuses the defendants of medical malpractice and gross negligence through failing to take the appropriate actions to save a woman's life.

Border seeks damages, all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attonrey Nicole R. Dillon of Seale & Ross PLC in Hammond.

The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Stephen D. Enright Jr.

The 24th Judicial District Court case number 774292.

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