Washington state family sues state over death after surgery

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The family of a woman who lived at a Washington state facility has filed a lawsuit alleging that neglect caused her death following bunion surgery. The News Tribune reports the lawsuit says 33-year-old JoHanna Pratt died from a pulmonary embolism after the surgery in 2017. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court seeks unspecified monetary damages against the state for the death of the Rainier School resident. The lawsuit says staff at the state facility for adults with developmental disabilities in Buckley failed to follow instructions from Pratt’s doctor to monitor her for trouble breathing following the surgery.