Rodney Comeaux was full of complicated health problems since when he was young. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at an early age of six months, Rodney was never in perfect health. Sickle Cell Anemia (or SCA) is a genetic abnormality in the blood which is incurable. He had continuously suffered from pneumonia bouts and the anemia predicaments. During the month of June in 1988, Rodney, aged twenty-three by then, complained of chest pains and stomach discomforts. He was brought to the defendant Tulane Medical Center for admission. Dr. Abe Andes, the medical director of the hospital, attended to him.
Released from the medical confinement on July 6, 1988, Rodney was prescribed an oral antibiotic called Keflex. He was advised to come back for an appointment with Dr. Andes on July 12 of that same year, specifically at two-thirty in the afternoon of that date. Dr. Andes wrote down his findings as pulmonary infarction versus pneumonia. Before Dr. Andes, Rodney Comeaux was being treated at the SCA clinic by a certain Dr. Frempong, the director of the said clinic. It was only in 1986 that Dr.
Andes took over from Dr. Frempong. Hours before the designated visit on July 12, 1988, Rodney showed up at the SCA clinic where he complained of chest pain and request to meet Dr. Andes. The latter was then preoccupied with attending to other patients who had prior appointments. It was therefore that Rodney Comeaux was not able to see Dr. Andes at that moment. Rodney left and proceeded to the office of her mother, Ms. Shiela Webb. Ms. Webb was then the Deputy Director of Health for the City of New Orleans and working with one Dr.
Brobson Lutz, an internal medicine doctor at the Charity Hospital. Dr. Lutz rushed Rodney to the emergency room of the Tulane Medical Center at about past noon. This time the patient complained of having difficulty breathing and that his chest was hurting. It was found out that he was suffering from multiple pulmonary infarctions in his lungs. He was brought to a room in the hospital.
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