Intrauterine device procedure blamed on patient’s death

By The Madison County Record | Nov 6, 2014


The Memorial Medical Group and one of its certified nurse practitioners are being accused of botching a procedure involving an intrauterine device allegedly resulting in the patient’s death.

Plaintiff Lindsay Cumback, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Ellis Cumback, filed the four-count complaint against Memorial Medical Group, LLC, and Sarah Pringle, CNP, pursuant to the Illinois Wrongful Death Statute on Oct. 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Ellis Cumback died on July 1 as a result of the intrauterine device insertion procedure.

The defendants are accused of negligently failing to exclude pregnancy prior to the insertion of an intrauterine device; failing to insert an intrauterine device during the first seven days of the menstrual cycle and inserting the device in a patient with a bacterial and fungal infection.

As a result of the defendant’s actions, Ellis Cumback died and her next of kin have been permanently deprived of her love, companionship, society, consortium and support.

Lindsay Cumback also alleges she sustained permanent damage after incurring and becoming liable for large sums of money in hospital, medical and related expenses for her daughter. She also suffers permanent pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement, the suit states.

The plaintiff seeks a judgment exceeding $75,000 for each count, plus costs.
Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe & Keefe, P.C. in Belleville represents the plaintiff.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-715

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