Complaint, malpractice lawsuit stem from infant's death in 2010

The 2010 death of an infant at a Kentucky hospital is at the center of a complaint filed against an osteopath by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

The complaint filed earlier this month against John P. Short said that the death of Derrick Donovan Willis was attributed to suffocation due to the improper placement of an endotracheal tube. The complaint did not identify the hospital.

The complaint comes after the patient's estate filed a medical malpractice action in Boyd Circuit Court that alleged that Short was negligent in not remaining with and monitoring the patient — who was in respiratory failure — after he treated him.

In May, a Boyd jury found that the osteopath failed to exercise the degree of care and skills expected of a reasonably competent emergency room physician and that the failure was a substantial factor in causing the injuries to the patient.

An attorney who represented Short at the trial could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

A March 2014 hearing is scheduled to hear the complaint against Short.