Family sues over woman's death

Friday, July 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The estate of a 63-year-old woman who died during dialysis treatment has filed a federal lawsuit against the former owner of the Miami Regional Dialysis Center.

The lawsuit alleges that Gladys Goza was given the wrong solution during her Memorial Day 1999 treatment. Ted Shepard, administrator of the estate and one of Goza's sons, thinks it was more than an hour into treatment before employees realized that Goza was not acting properly and was given the wrong solution.

Center policy is to check patients every five minutes. Sheryl Baker, chief operating officer of the midwest region for Renal Care Group, declined comment, citing patient confidentiality.

Goza received dialysis treatment three times a week. The lawsuit said she died of pulmonary arrest after efforts to counter the effects of the solution failed.

The lawsuit is filed against the Miami Regional Dialysis Center of Joplin, Mo., the former owner, but it is expected to be amended to reflect corporate ownership changes.