Son sues hospital for mother's heart attack

Steve Gonzalez May 4, 2005, 7:14am

St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Bellevile

Eli Sequoyah Saddler of Carrboro, N.C. is seeking more than $200,000 in damages from St. Elizabeth's Hospital claiming it is negligent for his mother's fatal heart attack.

Saddler, who is representing himself in the case, filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court April 28 on behalf of his mother, Carol Lou Rice.

According to the complaint, Rice underwent coronary bypass surgery at St. Elizabeth’s in March of 2003. Saddler claims the hospital is responsible for failing to monitor the breathing, heart rate and other vital signs of his mother. She died April 28, 2003.

He is seeking a trial by jury to compensate him for:

  • Pain, suffering and mental anguish suffered by his mother and her survivors
  • Loss of society and companionship of his mother; and
  • General damages plus interest and cost.

    “An award of punitive damages in an amount which is reasonably and rationally related to the egregiousness of defendants’ conduct, and which is reasonably and rationally related to the financial net worth of the defendants, which is in the public interest,” is also being sought.

    Though Saddler is representing himself in the case, he also is seeking damages for attorney fees and costs, funeral and medical costs.

    In addition, he is asking for sufficient time to obtain medical records required for the civil suit to proceed and time to file other documents in support of his complaint.

    05 L 271 (20th Circuit)

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