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Family members of the late Nakita Forh, daughter of Representative Edward Forh, yesterday wept bitterly in the Civil Law Court in Monrovia after a six member jury announced that the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) was not responsible for her death.Rep. Forh sought US$25 million as damages for the death of his daughter, which he claimed was the result of negligence on the part of medical doctors assigned at the hospital.Nakita, who suffered from asthma, died on September 27, 2014, on the grounds of the hospital while gasping for air because she was denied the use of the hospital’s nebulizer during the height of the Ebola crisis in the country. For their failure to provide his daughter medical care when she sought treatment at the JFK hospital, Rep. Forh was claiming US$25 million in damages for her death.After several hours of closed door deliberations in the Chamber of Judge Yussif Kaba, the jury came down with a unanimous non-liable (not guilty) verdict in favor of 11 health practitioners who Rep. Forh accused of being responsible for his daughter’s death.After the jury’s decision, lawyers representing the lawmaker announced an appeal against the verdict to the Supreme Court.The Forh family declined to speak with journalists who for the past months had converged at the court to follow the trial that is considered the first of its kind in the country. The case was interesting because it was the first time in this country for a sitting lawmaker to file a lawsuit against a hospital claiming damages for the death of his daughter, one of those in the queue remarked.Rep. Forth accused Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, JFK General Administrator; Munah Tarpeh, Deputy for Administration; Tannie Sneh, Nursing Supervisor; Mary Howard Nyaquie, Administrator; Dr. Korto Dorbor; Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. David Okiror, Staff Physician; Professor Joseph Njoh, Department Chairman on Internal Medicine and the Administrator of the Ministry of Health, of his daughter’s death.The lawsuit against the healthcare givers, according to Counselor Arthur Johnson, lead lawyer for the Forh family, was based on what he described as a “very devastating and frustrating experience,” which he claims, caused the family significant damages and an unforgettable state of trauma for their daughter’s death.Cllr. Johnson argued that Nakita died in the arms of her father on the grounds of the hospital while struggling and crying for help.For that reason, Rep. Forh was seeking not less than US$10 million in general damages; US$5 million in punitive damages; another US$5 million in compensatory damages; and US$5 million in substantial damages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card There are times when the letters and emails about a person or a subject come through in packs, but never have I ever received more queries than I did about Snow’s service, ranging from former teammates of his at St. Anthony, to former Rams teammates, to people who had just peripheral contact with the man and considered him important in their life nonetheless. Former St. Anthony coach Jack Radford told of the time Snow volunteered to help coach the receivers during spring practice. Radford expected him to come out one day; instead, Snow came out for the entire week and spent two hours each day with the kids. Mike Browne, meanwhile, is a cartoonist who recalls being a 5-year-old and watching Snow make a diving catch of a pass, “and a shutter went off in my head,” he wrote. So he sat down and drew a picture of Snow’s catch, and hasn’t put his pencil down since. Snow died way too young, 62, and way too tragically, because of a staph infection. The reality, though, is that those who knew him would have said he died young if he had made it to 100. That’s how much people thought of him. News: Snow didn’t always see a barber. Today’s warm memories edition of The Sporting Muse: News: Jack Snow’s friends and fans pay their last respects today. Muse: A story here on Snow mentioned that he always wore his hair short. But the ever-vigilant Tom Patterson, the local lawyer and unofficial Poly baseball historian, sent along an old football card of Snow from the ’70s showing the receiver with long hair. True enough. It was, of course, the style back then, and the images that stick are of Jack at St. Anthony and early with the Rams when he had the buzzcut, and after his career when he went back to the short look. News: A crowd of 3,000 attend services for USC legend Rod Dedeaux. Muse: I have always wanted to find out what would happen if the Trojan baseball coach who passed ever met Tiger Woods would he call him Tiger, as he did most everyone, or Eldrick? I can trace my affection for college baseball to Dedeaux, and even before I became a newspaperman. At Dorsey High School, my baseball coach was Art Mazmanian (his daughter Nancy worked at USC and is now an exec with the Angels), who had played at USC for Dedeaux and was a two-time All-American. Trojans current and past would often drop by Dorsey practices to throw batting practice, which gave me the chance to get behind the plate and catch the likes of Don Buford and Marcel Lachemann. My hand still hurts. At L.A. City College, the baseball coach was another Dedeaux product, the robust Bob Zuber, and several future Trojans spent a year at LACC, including Roy Smalley, before heading to Exposition Blvd. Zuber was the kind of coach who offered to create a spot on the bench for an overweight catcher with a weak arm. Then I went to Cal State L.A., where the “Diablos” of the politically incorrect time had their best-ever teams under Larry Cochell and went to war with USC in the NCAA regionals twice, 1973 and 1974. They had a late lead in Game 3 of their 1974 regional, which would have ended USC’s NCAA title run at four, before losing 11-9. Those ’74 Trojans may have been the best college team ever, considering all of its pros Smalley, Steve Kemp, Rich Dauer, Randy Scarbery, Pete Redfern and Dennis Littlejohn. There were also three football players on the ’73-74 teams Anthony Davis, Marvin Cobb and Rob Hertel. A year later, my first extended road trip in the newspaper business came thanks to Dedeaux. In 1975, he created a U.S. vs. Japan college all-star series that featured games at USC and in Omaha, and a young reporter was fortunate enough to make the trip. Dedeaux never forgot that when we would cross paths all these years later, which was always a treat, considering he was the guy who was unforgettable. News: Pitchers and catchers have reported. Muse: The college season gets an unofficial start in Long Beach next Saturday when two alumni events will be held at Blair, the old-timers game followed by the pro alums versus the 2006 Dirtbags. That doubleheader will be preceded Thursday by the annual Lead-Off banquet, which should be quite the happy place what with Astros reliever and Dirtbag alum Mike “Pepe” Gallo the guest speaker. The season opens for real Feb. 3 when the Dirtbags host USC. Mike Weathers’ team is ranked No. 22 by Baseball America, which clearly respects the program. Three players made the all-league team (Evan Longoria, Jared Hughes and Sean Boatright), Longoria and Hughes were ranked the 1-2 prospects in the Big West for the 2006 draft, Vance Worley was named freshman of the year and three of the five top newcomers are Dirtbags: Worley, Andrew Carpenter and Danny Espinosa. But Weathers is wary of expectations what with such a young team, no big bats added in the offseason, and the death march of schedules. Eight of the Dirtbags’ first 12 games are against ranked teams, as are their first 12 games in March. The season truly may start in April when league play begins, with everything before that a shaking-out period that Weathers hopes won’t be too shaky. News: Baseball America projects the West Coast will get 12 bids to the 64-team tournament. Muse: Or just three less than the SEC. I guess we should consider this projection as optimistic, considering the magazine projects at-large bids for a third team from both the Big West and West Coast conferences. The teams on this coast truly do batter each other with all their nonconference games. There are 23 California Division I programs and nine are projected to get bids, but it might be more if teams scheduled more interstate contests. Here’s how good baseball is in the state: Sonoma State and UC San Diego are preseason ranked in Division II, Chapman is ranked No. 5 by Baseball America in Division III, Biola made the NAIA rankings, and four of the top 10 draft prospects among junior college teams are playing in California. News: 49ers have a date with destiny Saturday. Muse: If Larry Reynolds’ team beats UC Riverside, the 49ers will improve to 9-8 the first time he’s ever been over .500 in his three-plus seasons as head coach. You take your plaudits wherever you can find them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Muse: Here’s how many the late St. Anthony and Rams wide receiver had: His three kids held a public funeral last Saturday in St. Louis and were planning a private burial today. But so many of his friends and former teammates wanted to attend that they decided to open the first part of the service up to the public, at All-Souls Cemetery today at 12:30 p.m.