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Mansfield Student's Asthma Death Subject Of Civil Trial

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/19/2014

A wrongful death lawsuit trial is winding-down in Richland County Common Pleas Court. The case involves a nine-year-old boy who died after suffering an asthma attack in May of 2011 at Newman Elementary School in Mansfield.

Lakeesha Clark, the mother of Keshan Brown, is suing teachers Michelle Angle and Alison Mayer, and substitute secretary Pearl Howard.

Clark accuses them of being reckless in failing to provide proper aid when Keshan was stricken with asthma. He was taken to his grandmother's home and later died at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. But the defendants maintain they followed school policy and did all they could to help Keshan.

Court documents filed by attorneys for the plaintiff, state the defendants were aware Keshan had a bad asthma condition and other allergies. At least 20 times during the school year, Keshan needed to go to the school office during the school day and receive his prescription asthma medication.

 The document states on May 19, 2011, during dismissal time, Keshan's teacher, Michelle Angle, found him in the hallway bent over and trying to catch his breath. He was unable to physically walk down to the school office to get his inhaler, so Angle was planning on transporting him down to the office in a wheeled chair. At that time, however, another teacher, Alison Mayer, picked up Keshan and carried him down to the office.

Both teachers admitted they were concerned enough about Keshan that they decided not to send him home on the school bus. Angle stated she was "scared" and "nervous" because of Keshan's condition. Angle stated they should call 911 for Keshan.

The document further states at the school office, Pearl Howard, a substitute secretary, gave Keshan his inhaler. She admitted she was not a license health professional and had not completed the school district's drug administration training program.

Howard told Angle and Mayer that they did not need to call 911 for Keshan because he was getting better after taking his medication and because his family did not need to incur the expense of an ambulance and could not afford it.

The document states no attempt was made to find, page over the intercom, hail on a walkie talkie, or call the school principal, Kimistri Hall. No call was made to the school nurse. No call was made to the Superintendent's office. But the three decided to transport Keshan to his grandmother in Mayer's car. Mayer did not have prior verbal or written authorization from anyone in the school district to do this.

When Keshan was taken to the car his asthma was getting worse and he needed additional puffs on his inhaler, but 911 was not called. Mayer transported Keshan to his grandmother's apartment. She did not have his breathing treatments, so Mayer drove the three of them to Keshan's apartment.

When they arrived, Mayer informed the grandmother that Keshan would not be able to walk up the steps to his apartment and would have to be carried. The document states that was the first time Keshan's grandmother was made aware of how bad his condition was. Mayer carried Keshan up to his apartment and then left.

Keshan's grandmother started him on a breathing treatment, but his condition got worse and he then passed out. She ran downstairs and had a neighbor call 911. Keshan was transported by ambulance to MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. Despite efforts to revive him, Keshan died.

The eight-woman, one-man jury has a complicated case to decide. They must consider three levels of liability; recklessness, negligence, or none at all on claims of personal injury, wrongful death, and loss of consortium for each defendant.

Lakeesha Clark is seeking $2-million in compensation.

   
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