Headlines – 8/27/2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 27, 2004

Panolian Headlines: August 27, 2004

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Tri-Lakes Medical Facing
     Wrongful Death Suit
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

The family of a mother and child who died during the birthing process have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Dr. George Quesnel and William Burns, CRNA.

According to a complaint filed in Panola County Circuit Court on Aug. 24, by Irma Dell Wright, who serves as Administratrix of the Estate of Lisa Wright and Quartez Wright, Tri-Lakes Medical Center is liable for the acts and omissions of its employees, agents or servants.

The complaint alleges that a then pregnant Lisa Wright was admitted to Tri-Lakes where she was to give birth to a son, Quartez Wright on or about Jan. 12-13, 2004.

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At the time she was admitted, Lisa Wright was a 21 year-old black female, who was experiencing labor at 40 weeks and six days. The charges state she was carrying the fully developed Quartez Wright and was experiencing contractions approximately every four minutes.

Wright’s medical history indicates she was a "young healthy patient with no problems on the present date."

The complaint further alleges that at 9 p.m. anesthesia was called for along with an inthrathecal block.

"An inthrathecal catheter was administered by Burns at 10:15 p.m. with some difficulty," the complaint said. "After placement of the catheter, Nurse Burns administered Sufenta and Duramorph.

"Nurse Burns then administered four cc’s of .5 percent Marcane with epinephrine," it said.
Shortly after, the complaint states that Nurse Collins was unable to obtain Wright’s blood pressure. Fluids were increased, but no medications were administered to treat Wright’s hypotension.

Following several more attempts to obtain a blood pressure, Dr. Quesnel was called for the first time.

Dr. Jamie Warnick arrived bedside at 11 p.m. followed by Quesnel at 11:01 p.m.

An ultrasound conducted at 11:25 revealed that the baby’s heart rate was dangerously low and Wright was taken to the operating room via stretcher where an emergency c-section was performed.

Medical records indicate that after the cardiac reanimation of Wright with chest compressions, there was no fetal heart tone.

"After a period of time, the fetal heart tone would pick up, but it would never return to the normal range," the complaint said.

Following the stillbirth of baby Quartez, Wright was transported by helicopter to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis in a state of encephalopathy.

Encephalopathy is a term used to describe any diffuse disease of the brain that alters brain function or structure. The disease can be caused by infectious agent (bacteria, virus, or prion), metabolic or mitochondrial dysfunction, brain tumor or increased pressure in the skull, prolonged exposure to toxic elements (including solvents, drugs, radiation, paints, industrial chemicals, and certain metals), chronic progressive trauma, poor nutrition, or lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain.

"Wright had a second cardiopulmonary arrest within six hours of her admission and was pronounced dead approximately 11 1/2 hours after the delivery of her stillborn baby boy," the complaint alleges.

The defendants in the case will face one count of acts of negligence, medical malpractice and deviations from the standard of care and one count of breach of contract.

BPD Will Soon Welcome 4th FBI Graduate
Three Previous Attendees Recall Experiences from Quantico Training
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

Four members of the Batesville Police Department will have graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

Captain Jimmy McCloud, Major Tony Jones and Chief Roger Vanlandingham have already completed the training and Lieutenant Paul Shivers will finish next month.

"It is very difficult to get into the FBI Academy," Vanlandingham said.

"There are so many applicants trying to get a spot in the school."

All three graduates agree that the differences between their time at the Police Academy and the FBI Academy are vastly different.

"It’s like daylight and dark," Jones said.

"This is more classroom work and administrative training," McCloud added.

McCloud said every instructor at the FBI Academy had his or her own method of teaching certain aspects.

"A lot of it is the differences in the classes," he said. "You take classes in stress management techniques and how to watch your staff to make sure they aren’t being over-worked."

At the time Vanlandingham and Jones enrolled at the FBI Academy the course lasted 12 weeks. The time has now been cut to 10 weeks.

Officers wishing to take part in the academy must meet qualification criteria, like:

Must be a certified law enforcement officer,
Must be recommended by a past graduate,
Must be recommended by a chief or be a chief,
Must pass a physical administered when leaving for the academy and another upon arrival.
Freak Storm Leaves Area a Mess
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


The sounds of chainsaws filled the air on Cosby Road Wednesday morning, as work crews and homeowners attempted to clean up the mess left behind after a freak and isolated storm ripped through southeast Panola county.

"We were in the house and had no warning whatsoever when it came about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night," said Sheila Cosby. "The hail was about three inches in diameter, and was coming down so hard we didn’t realize the trees were falling," she added.

Sheila and her husband Bobby are the owners of a trucking company, which was shut down on Wednesday due to trees blocking their road.

"One of our employees was trying to go home when a tree fell on his truck, said Cosby. "He jumped out and was okay." Within one hundred yards was the home of Bob and Ann Cosby. Their porch was laying on top of the house.

About a mile from the Cosby damage, Rodney Hentz and his son-in-law, Chris Franklin, were working hard to remove a large oak tree which had crashed on their new gate.

"This storm reminded me of one that came through years ago and hit Water Valley," said Hentz. "The evidence of that one is still down in the fields where you can see many downed trees," he added.

The damage seemed to be isolated to a few roads in the area.

According to Son Hudson, Panola County Civil Defense Coordinator, the damage was pretty much around the Eureka Road area, particularly on Crouch, Cosby and Cosby Extended roads.

"I have not had any confirmed reports of a tornado, so I think it was wind bursts, which are similar to straight-line winds," said Hudson.

"They can be very powerful, up to 70 or 80 mph, and coupled with soak grounds from the heavy rains (3-4 inches), they can easily topple large trees," he added.

According to Hudson, the road damage will be the most expensive to the county.

"Since it was isolated to just Panola County, and the damage was less than $750,000, we probably can’t claim it as a disaster," said Hudson.

According to Hudson, there may have been one injury, when a tree fell on a mobile home in the and a little girl broke her arm.