Father accuses physicians, St. Louis medical facility of malpractice

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A father is suing physicians at a medical facility, citing alleged medical malpractice by failing to diagnose his daughter.

SG, by and through her natural father and next friend, Thomas Guessanbi, filed a complaint May 30 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Elizabeth A. Rhyne; Dr. Joseph W. Wallin; SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital; and St. Louis University, alleging that the defendants failed their duty to use the degree of skill and learning ordinarily used by skilful, careful and prudent members of the medical profession in providing medical services.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on June 18, 2016, the minor plaintiff suffered a stroke and began seizing in her father's arm due to kidney failure and series of infections, including E. coli. The suit claims that the infections were not detected after a series of visits to the defendants' hospital. As a result of the injuries to her kidney, minor plaintiff remained on dialysis and was forced to move use a colostomy bag for months. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to properly evaluate the minor plaintiff's medical condition, failed to properly diagnose the minor plaintiff, failed to provide proper medications and failed to properly treat the minor plaintiff's condition.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount in excess of $25,000 for punitive damages and for costs expended and other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by John G. Simon, Timothy M. Cronin and John M. Simon of The Simon Law Firm PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC0143

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