Kelly Holleran Aug. 15, 2013, 9:43am

A woman claims she had to undergo multiple medical procedures after doctors failed to completely remove placental material from her uterus following the birth of her child.

Tequila Wilson filed a lawsuit Aug. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Melvin Merritt and O.B. Practice doing business as Women’s Care of Southern Illinois.

In her complaint, Wilson alleges Merritt performed a caesarean section on her on June 8, 2012, at Memorial Hospital to deliver her child. However, during the procedure, Merritt failed to remove the placental material and failed to perform an adequate physical examination during her first post-partum visit, according to the complaint.

As a result, Wilson suffered heavy post-partum uterine bleeding; incurred substantial medical costs; endured multiple blood transfusions, a uterine ablation surgery and a total abdominal hysterectomy; and experienced great physical and mental pain, suffering and depression, the suit states. She also lost her enjoyment of life, the complaint says.

In her two-count complaint, Wilson seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

In addition to the defendants, Wilson named Protestant Memorial Medical Center as a respondent in discovery, saying he believes that it has information essential to determine who should be added as additional defendants.

Stephen J. Telken of Schoen, Walton, Telken and Foster in East St. Louis will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-403.

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