Louisville Anchor Says Treatment at Local Hospital ‘Unforgivable’

By Kevin Eck 

WAVE anchor Dawne Gee is suing a local hospital over what she said was “negligent” treatment last May.

FOX affiliate WDRB reports Gee went to Baptist Health Louisville with severe leg pains and a “potentially life threatening condition, a blood clot,” but the hospital didn’t have the resources to help her and also treated her poorly.

Kirsten Daniel, an attorney for Gee, said “her treatment was unforgivable and cruel. If they were willing to treat Dawne Gee like that, a local celebrity who they used in advertising …how will they treat just a regular person off the street needing regular care? That’s what Dawne is most concerned about.”

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims the hospital “negligently inflicted unnecessary severe pain” on Gee through poor treatment, including failed attempts to insert a needle.

“Ms. Gee screamed in pain as the area around the needle became red and swollen,” the lawsuit claims.

Also, a nurse told Gee that she and her family “were getting on her nerves,” according to the suit.

Gee’s family, according to the suit, ordered that nurse not to touch Gee again and demanded someone else take over.

A second nurse “immediately realized” that the needle had been placed incorrectly and worked with a third nurse to fix the issue, causing “excruciating pain” for Gee, according to the suit.

When Gee was released the next day, a discharge nurse told her she did not know how to properly take the needle out and had to find someone who did.

And Gee claims when she complained to Baptist management about her treatment, Baptist employees told her “they could not control the conduct of Baptist’s nurses, and that the nurses involved had not been disciplined in any way, nor had they received additional training to prevent this from happening again.”