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Children file suit wrongful death against St. Louis University Hospital over woman's cancer treatment


By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 20, 2018

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ST. LOUIS – The children of a woman who died from complications of cancer in 2017 allege she was not informed of two scans prior to her death that found nodules in her lung.

Elizabeth Jane Sullivan, individually and as plaintiff ad litem for Barbara Chotrow, deceased; Rose Chotrow; and Charles Chotrow filed a complaint on Aug. 10 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against SL Vista Inc., doing business as St. Louis University Hospital, et al. alleging medical malpractice and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that beginning in 2013, Barbara Chotrow was under the care of defendants for treatment of nasophryngeal carcinoma. The suit states two CT scans in 2015 had identified a nodule in her left lung, the decedent was never informed and was not provided any treatment regarding it.

The suit states in 2016, a biopsy was done on the mass in the decedent's lung and was she was diagnosed with Stage IV adenocarcinoma of the lung with bone and liver metastases. She died from complications relating to the said disease Jan. 4, 2017, according to the suit. 

The plaintiffs hold SL Vista Inc., doing business as St. Louis University Hospital, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to interpret and inform decedent regarding the scans.

The plaintiffs seek judgment against the defendants in an amount greater than $25,000, plus costs and all other relief that are just under the circumstances. They are represented by Jamie L. Boock and John P. Guletz of Rossiter and Boock LLC in St. Louis.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 1822-CC10953

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