Wrongful death suit filed against Barnes-Jewish

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 31, 2005, 5:02am

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

The parents of a man who allegedly died due to complications from gastric bypass surgery filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court Aug. 26 seeking damages under either the Missouri or Illinois wrongful death statute.

Vanessa Allen and Warren Allen, Sr. claim that Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis failed to diagnose B-12 and Thiamin deficiencies which were the cause of their son, Warren Jr.'s, difficulty ambulating and numbness in his hands and feet.

The complaint also alleges that the hospital failed to provide vitamin supplements, failed to determine the cause of dehydration, and continued him on a diuretic when he was hospitalized with dehydration.

Warren Allen Jr. was a patient at the hospital in 2003 from Sept. 18 through Sept. 20 and again from Sept. 25 through Oct. 8.

The suit also alleges that the hospital inappropirately placed Warren Jr. at Cherrywood Healthcare--an extended care center--when his condition required placement at a rehab facility.

The Allens claim they have been damaged by incurring substantial hospital, medical and funeral expenses. They also claim they have lost the love, services, companionship, comfort, training and support of their son, plus the financial support their son would have provided.

Jeffrey Lowe of St. Louis represents the Allens.

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