Maryville doctors and hospital sued over anti-coagulation meds

Andrea Dearden Feb. 15, 2011, 1:00am


A Maryville man and his wife are suing his doctors and the hospital where he was treated for allegedly causing him to lose sight in one eye.

Robert K. and Marcelline Gschwind filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Southwestern Illinois Health Facilities Inc. and Drs. Kevin B. Garner, Rodney L. Greeling, Senthil Krishnasamy, Michael Fleissner and Linda Stronach.

Gschwind says in February 2009 he was a patient at Anderson Hospital, operated by Illinois Health Facilities. Gschwind, who says he has a history of coronary artery disease, heart attack and retina detachment in both eyes, was admitted to the Maryville hospital to be treated for shock. At the time of admission, Gschwind claims he was unable to see with his left eye but had limited visibility in his right eye.

Because of his heart history, Gschwind says Drs. Gardner and Greeling gave him anti-coagulation medication and aspirin. Ten days later, Gschwind alleges, he lost all vision in his right eye. Drs. Fleissner and Stronach also treated Gschwind during that time and continued the use of the anti-coagulation drugs. Finally, Gschwind says, ophthalmologist Dr. Krishnasamy questioned the use of the medication. Gschwind claims his vision loss is permanent.

Gcshwind and his wife accuse the hospital and doctors of negligence. They are asking for more than $600,000 in damages for medical bills and court costs.

Attorney Thomas O. Falb of Alton is representing the Gschwinds.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-102

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