Perforation during procedure by Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff alleged to have contributed to woman's death

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Nov 23, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A Holcomb man alleges his mother's death was caused by an injury sustained during a colonoscopy.

Anthony West filed a complaint on Nov. 14 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Barnes-Jewish Hospital, et al. alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 11, 2016, the plaintiff's mother, Carolyn West, underwent simultaneous colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy performed by defendants. The suit states during the procedure, her duodenum was perforated and she developed septic shock and multiple organ failure before her death on Nov. 17, 2016. 

The plaintiff holds Barnes-Jewish Hospital, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently caused injury and perforation to decedent's duodenum, failed to order post-procedure CT scan and failed to discover the perforation.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in a fair and reasonable amount, costs and all other relief that is proper and just. He is represented by Shawn D. Young and Kimberly J. Carter of The Law Office of Shawn D. Young in Portageville.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11640

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