ST. LOUIS — A patient is suing a university hospital, citing alleged failure to provide proper medical attention as expected.

Sandra L. Ditzler filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against St. Louis University, alleging that the defendant failed to apply the knowledge and use the skill and care ordinarily used by a reasonably well-qualified health care provider.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 10, 2015, she sustained gastric perforation and an esophageal leak and injuries to her body as a whole when she was a patient at the defendant's hospital and treated by doctors employed by the defendant. 

The plaintiff holds St. Louis University responsible because the defendant's doctors allegedly failed to obtain preoperative medical clearance, failed to check the integrity of the surgical procedure performed and failed to diagnose and repair the two gastric perforations and esophageal leak during the first operative procedure.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $25,000 plus costs expended and other relief deemed just and fair. She is represented by Colleen C. Jones of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin LTD in Belleville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10926

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