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Doctors, hospital negligent, lawsuit claims

SANFORD J. SCHMIDT The Telegraph

December 10, 2013

EDWARDSVILLE – An Alton hospital, its emergency room providers and three doctors are named in a suit in which the estate of a patient claims she died after visiting the hospital for a sore throat.


The estate of Keshia N. Smith names Alton Memorial Hospital, Illinois Emergency Consultants Inc. and three doctors.


The estate claims the defendants failed to perform a test for bacteria, and Smith became sick and died.


“Keshia N. Smith sustained injuries, including, but not limited to, septic shock, multi-organ system failure and respiratory failure, which caused or contributed to cause her death on Dec. 8, 2011,” the suit alleges.


The complaint alleges the defendants “negligently and carelessly” discharged the patient after blood cultures were taken without knowledge of the result of a certain test for bacteria.


The suit claims the defendants failed to recall her to the emergency department in a timely manner after a positive result of the bacteria test.


They also allegedly failed to treat her for sepsis, an inflammation of her body due to infection.


The suit claims the defendants failed to test Smith for streptococcal throat infections with rapid strep test or throat cultures.


They allegedly failed to obtain a complete history, considering Smith’s complaint of sore throat.


The complaint alleges defendants failed to appreciate Smith’s high risk for infection given her medical history of systemic lupus, an immune system deficiency.


The complaint claims the defendants failed to appreciate the critical nature of Smith’s illness and failed to administer intravenous antibiotics.


The illness resulted in several symptoms, including septic shock and rapid heartbeat, according to the complaint.


In addition to the hospital and emergency room providers, the suit also names doctors Angela M. Holbrook, Alan F. Johnson and Raghu Kanumuri. Debra D. Thomas has been named special administrator of Smith’s estate.


The suit is asking for damages for Smith’s injuries, such as septic shock, multi-organ system failure and respiratory failure and additional damages for her heirs for emotional suffering.


The 14-count suit is asking for at least $50,000 in each count. The plaintiff is represented by Staci M. Yandle of O’Fallon.


The defendants could not be reached for comment.


sschmidt@civitasmedia.com