Dr. Brian Seastrunk testifies in child death case

21-month-old Maddoux Cordova dies following dental procedure

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 24 2012 03:59:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2012 04:46:35 PM CDT

Dr. Brian Seastrunk, an anesthesiologist, ordered morphine for Maddoux Cordova, 21 months old, after the little boy had several teeth capped at the Village Specialty Surgical Center on Dec. 11, 2009.

About four hours after he was discharged, the child was pronounced brain dead after his grandmother rushed him to Wilford Hall Medical Center.

He had stopped breathing at her home.

The child died 16 days later after he was removed from life support.

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the child’s parents Seastrunk is accused of being responsible for the child’s death.

A nurse working with Seastrunk gave the child morphine after, according to the nurse, he was ‘”thrashing about” and in apparent pain.

On Monday, Seastrunk’s testimony changed often when it came to whether the nurse, Cynthia Jones, had administered too much morphine.

“It would appear that we would have one point established and Dr. Seastrunk would change his opinion then he would change it back,” said attorney Beth Janicek, who represents the child’s family. ... He’s the doctor in charge and the order for the morphine came from him. He tried repeatedly to wiggle from that fact.”

Testimony will continue on Tuesday in Judge David Berchelmann’s 57th District Court.