A couple is suing SSM Regional Health Services and a doctor who worked at St. Francis Hospital in Marvyille, Missouri, who they claim are responsible for their daughter’s death.

On Feb. 15 of this year, Lonnae Young drove herself to St. Francis Hospital to be checked for minor swelling she believed to be related to an allergy, something that allegedly had happened in the past, according to the lawsuit. Once in the emergency room, Young was given epinephrine by Dr. John Symonds, the suit alleges.

According to the petition, Young was not showing any signs of anaphylactic shock other than swelling, and she began to show signs of distress quickly after being given the injection, according to the lawsuit. It is alleged that Young was then given the drugs Haladol and Ativan, but her condition continued to worsen until she died the morning after coming into the ER, the suit said.

Young’s parents, David and Marie Dawson, are suing both SSM Regional Health Services and Symonds, alleging their daughter was given the wrong medication and was not properly monitored under Symonds’ care.

The Dawsons are suing for damages, saying they were deprived of their daughter’s services, support, maintenance, guidance, companionship, consortium, comfort, instruction, counseling and training.

St. Francis was purchased by Mosaic Life Care in April 2019, and Symonds still is employed at the hospital, according to Mosaic’s online list of physicians.

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