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Two Hardin County residents have filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital and a doctor, alleging their infant son was not treated in a timely or appropriate manner when they brought him to the hospital. Kenneth Brimer and Ashley King claim they brought their son, Alan, to Beaumont’s Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital emergency room on March 18, 2007, because of his shortness of breath and listlessness, according to the complaint filed Nov. 19 in Jefferson County District Court.

At 1:35 p.m., doctors placed an intravenous catheter into Alan, but it is unclear whether glucose was administered until at least 2:10 p.m., when he had a blood sugar value of 133, according to the complaint. Signs of sepsis appeared at 3:22 p.m. when the emergency room physician was notified of a CO2 value of 10 and a potassium value of 7.9, the suit states. However, Alan received no treatment at the time of the findings, Brimer and King claim.

Because of the treatment he received, Alan suffered serious personal injuries, disfigurement, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, impairment, disability and medical expenses, the suit states.

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