Gateway Regional sued over man's vascular condition

Kelly Holleran May 25, 2011, 7:59am


A man with a history of peripheral vascular disease claims he lost muscle and tissue in his right lower leg after doctors at Gateway Regional Medical Center and at Alton Memorial Hospital failed to properly treat him.

Wardell Zollicoffer filed a lawsuit May 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City Illinois Hospital Company, Dr. Sana Ullah, Alton Memorial Hospital, Dr. Patrick A. Masching and Dr. Viwat Bhuthimethee.

In his complaint, Zollicoffer claims he arrived at Gateway Regional Medical Center's emergency room on Nov. 1, 2009, with symptoms of peripheral vascular disease. The condition is characterized by the narrowing of vessels that carry blood to a person's extremities.

However, doctors at both Gateway Regional Medical Center and at Alton Memorial Hospital failed to realize that Zollicoffer was suffering from loss of circulation to his legs and failed to diagnose him with the disease, according to the complaint.

Zollicoffer says the doctors should have ordered a CT scan, should have performed other testing and should have sent him to a vascular surgeon, but failed to perform any of the above mentioned steps, the suit states.

As a result, Zollicoffer suffered muscle and tissue damages, endured multiple surgeries, incurred medical costs, lost his normal life and suffered permanent disfigurement and disability, the suit states.

In his three-count complaint, Zollicoffer seeks more than $150,000, plus costs.

Thomas O. Falb of Alton will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-469.

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