Pierced gallbladder leads to suit against doctors and Memorial

Andrea Dearden Feb. 27, 2012, 2:20am


Two St. Clair County doctors are accused of injuring a patient's intestine during a gallbladder operation.

Brenda Steinhauer filed a lawsuit Feb. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit against Dr. Terence Wade, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed and Lincoln Surgical Associates Ltd., formerly known as Lincoln Surgical Group Ltd. Protestant Memorial Medical Center Inc., doing business as Memorial Hospital, is also named as a defendant.

According to the complaint, Steinhauer was a patient at Belleville's Memorial Hospital in February 2010. Steinhauer says she was under the care of Dr. Wade and Dr. Ahmed for the removal of her gallbladder when she underwent a pancreatic endoscopic -- a surgical procedure to detect gall stones.

During the operation, Steinhauer's duodenum, the upper section of the small intestine, was allegedly pierced by the instruments used to examine the gallblader for stones.

Steinhauer is suing Dr. Wade and Dr. Ahmed, and their employers, Lincoln Surgical Associates and Memorial Hospital, for negligence and medical malpractice. She is asking for more than $200,000 in damages plus court costs.

Attorney Jack A. Strellis of Waterloo is representing Steinhauer.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No.12-L-79

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