In 2008, Gwen Brown underwent an elective procedure in Georgia whereby she was receiving injections of steroids at the direction of her doctor, Dr. Dennis Doherty, at the Southeastern Pain Ambulatory Surgery Center when it was indicated by monitors that her breathing was improper. It would be noted by lawyers for the Plaintiff and in Court documents that Ms. Brown was deprived severely of oxygen for as many as ten (10) minutes, that her blood pressure had dramatically dropped and that there was not a detection of any pulse. Regardless of the situation, Dr. Doherty did not discontinue the procedure.
Furthermore, it was noted by the former nurse who was the chief nurse at the time and also later a codefendant in the lawsuit, Mary Hardwick, that Dr. Doherty was late for the procedure and that this was common for him as well as his frequent impaired appearance along with other behavioral and patient safety issues. Nevertheless and given the grave conditions at hand, 911 was not called for over an hour. Later, Ms. Brown would then be transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Georgia. Despite the conditions in which Ms. Brown was admitted to St. Josephs, Dr. Doherty failed to tell anybody at St. Josephs that Ms. Brown had been without oxygen for many minutes.