Drainage pipe left in abdomen, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Mar. 3, 2010, 5:47am

The wife of a deceased man blames doctors at Saint Anthony's Health Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital for causing her husband's death after she says they left a drainage pipe in his abdomen.

Mary McDonough filed a lawsuit Feb. 25 in Madison County Circuit Court against the health center and the hospital and doctors Smita V. Patil, Ronald P. Levy, Nat Levy and James Kliefoth.

Mary McDonough claims her husband, Carl McDonough, came under the care of the defendants and died on Feb. 26, 2008, after they allegedly failed to treat his condition and left the pipe in abdomen.

Because of her husband's death, Mary McDonough lost his love, companionship, society and support and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

In the six-count suit, Mary McDonough seeks a judgment of more than $450,000, plus costs.

Lance R. Mallon and Dawna M. Hale of Mallon and Hale in Wood River will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-204.

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