Bolivar mother sues DRMC
by Courtney Stevens
Oct 15, 2013 | 3612 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"I have no idea, that was10 years ago," said Renee Dotson, general surgeon at Delta Regional Medical Center.

Witnesses are wracking their brains to remember the events that occurred on July 5-6, 2003, when Lakenray Taylor was brought to the hospital after being shot in the chest.

Taylor, 20, of Gunnison, was shot in the chest by a single bullet on the County Court Square sidewalk of Main Street on July 5 between 10:30 p.m. and at 11 p.m. Police Chief Anthony Gibson said the striking bullet lifted Taylor off the pavement.

Ten years later, the case has found its way to the courtrooms of Greenwood Courthouse, and Lakenray's mother, Willie Bea Taylor, is suing DRMC for malpractice.

Taylor and her team of lawyers believe that as a trauma 2 center, DRMC should have had a cardiovascular surgeon within the hospital walls prepared to treat her son upon his arrival.

DRMC 's law team defends the hospital by saying that the trauma program was a voluntary program in 2003 and at the time DRMC applied to be a part of it.

The standards and regulations required many specialized doctors that Attorney Carl Hagwood said, "Delta Regional does not have and has never had."

Hagwood also is in the process of showing that DRMC did everything in its power to save Taylor's life.

On Monday, the plaintiff called several witnesses to the stand, including Renee Dotson, who at the time was the trauma program director and responsible for making the call sheet for the evening of Taylor's death.

While Taylor's plaintiff team asked Dotson to read several sections of the regulations, reviewed the policy for diversion, and attempted to get to the reason why a cardiovascular surgeon was not at the hospital, Hagwood brought up the point that doctors are not superheroes and have a call schedule in place "so doctors can get some rest."

While DRMC does have a cardiovascular surgeon, Hugh Gamble II, and Gamble was not on call that evening but came in after being called by another doctor in the emergency room.

The plaintiff's called several character witnesses to show the court what kind of person Lakenray Taylor was.

"He was a nice young man, always obedient, and wasn't a troublemaker," said Willie Thomas, West Bolivar High School athletic director and teacher.

"He was a good kid, a really good kid, a hard worker, everyone loved him," said Henry Johnson, a former teacher at WBHS.

Gamble will take the stand this week and recount the events of the evening as Taylor continues to seek justice for her son's death.