Medical malpractice and negligence can unfortunately result in great tragedies. The parents of nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Doner filed a lawsuit against several parties in a medical malpractice case involving the death of their daughter.
Tragedy struck Gwen first when her car was hit in a head-on collision with another car that was driving the wrong way. But tragedy unfortunately struck again when the emergency workers on the scene allegedly made a fatal mistake in their medical care for Gwen.
When medical malpractice occurs, individuals can seek damages by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Settlement money from such lawsuits can then help pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, and other damages involved in such tragedies.
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On April 19, 2021 in the Murray Utah area, a collision occurred between a man who was intentionally driving the wrong way and a nineteen-year-old woman named Gwen.
Gwendolyn Doner was driving on the freeway on April 19, 2021 when Justin Wayne Robertson drove onto Interstate 215 at 6200 South intentionally going the wrong way. Shortly prior to this, he had been using methamphetamine. Robertson drove the wrong way on the interstate for about six miles before he hit Gwen's car head on at the interchange from Interstate 215 to southbound Interstate 15.
About a day after the crash occurred, Doner was pronounced dead at the Intermountain Medical Center. There was another man in the car with Doner, her boyfriend, who also suffered serious injuries, but not life-threatening, injuries.
After the crash, Robertson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to 20 years in Utah State Prison. Gwen died after that crash, but her parents alleged that it was actually not the crash but medical negligence that killed her.
Her parents, Brett Doner and Heather Myers, alleged that what ultimately led to their nineteen-year-old daughter's death was actually medical malpractice and filed a medical malpractice civil lawsuit in the 3rd District Court.
Doner's parents alleged that after the collision, Gwen went into respiratory arrest because the EMS providers injected her with 500 milligrams of ketamine. This dosage is 16 times the maximum indicated dosage. They further alleged that providers continued to conceal the overdose, the respiratory arrest, and the anoxic brain injury.
Defendants in this case include Intermountain Health, Life Flight, the Murray Fire Department, Unified Fire Authority, Utah Highway Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance. The list of defendants also include several individual EMS, paramedic, Life Flight workers, and doctors at the hospital.
The lawsuit included video evidence that allegedly showed the accidental ketamine overdose from body cameras, a helmet camera, and a dashboard camera. Her parents allege that the video shows when the EMS providers injected her with the overdose of ketamine, a general anesthetic, and that Gwen immediately fell into respiratory arrest as EMS providers fumbled to ventilate Gwen as her brain died from anoxia.