Lawsuits filed after two deaths at Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center in Gladewater

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The mothers of two special needs children who died only weeks apart at a Gladewater facility are suing the facility in separate lawsuits alleging negligence.

Dallas attorneys Kay Van Wey and Brady Williams are representing mothers Dolly Connor of Perry County, Arkansas, and Jazlynn Lujan of Harris County in two civil suits against Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center and its parent company, Nexion Health at Truman Inc, according to our newspaper partners The Longview News Journal..

The suits, filed in an Upshur County district court, allege that both children sustained catastrophic injuries two years ago while under the facility’s care and later died, the attorneys say.

“Our intent in bringing these lawsuits is to help the families find out what happened to their children and to ensure that the lapses in care have been fixed so that tragedies like these do not continue to occur at this facility,” Van Wey said Thursday.

According to Lujan’s lawsuit, her 2-year-old son was born with respiratory complications and was admitted to Truman W. Smith for rehab in September 2015. Because of his condition, the child required a ventilator and tracheostomy tube to breathe.

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