Waco barber’s family files suit in May 2019 death | Local Crime News

Waco barber’s family files suit in May 2019 death | Local Crime News


The family of a 34-year-old Waco man who died in May 2019 after surgery for throat infections has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor, his clinic and a local hospital.

Monica and Michael Swindall, the parents of Michael Jeffrey Swindall, and his children, Isaiah Swindall and Braxton Swindall, are seeking unspecified damages “in a fair and reasonable amount” in their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Waco’s 170th State District Court. The suit names as defendants Dr. Mace Benjamin Brindley; Waco Otolaryngology Associates, doing business as Waco Ear, Nose and Throat; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — Hillcrest; and its parent company, Baylor Scott & White Health.

Megan Snipes, a spokesperson for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — Hillcrest, declined comment on the lawsuit Wednesday.

“There is nothing more important to us than the quality of care we provide to our communities. As this is pending litigation, we are not able to comment at this time,” Snipes said.

Neither Brindley nor the clinic manager at Waco Ear, Nose and Throat returned phone messages Wednesday.

Jeffrey Swindall, a 2002 Connally High School graduate, worked as a barber at Waco Fades and hoped to open his own barbershop, according to his funeral notice.

He had a sore throat and difficulty breathing for several days before going to the emergency room at Hillcrest on May 4, 2019, according to the lawsuit. He was examined, prescribed an antibiotic and steroid and released that day.

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