Couple files lawsuit against doctor after plastic surgery

By The Madison County Record | Feb 9, 2015

A woman claims she suffered various injuries for an unspecified reason during plastic surgery, which included a tummy tuck and thigh lift.

Mary Lester and Wayne Lester filed a lawsuit Jan. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Ryan Diedrich and Southwestern Illinois Health Facilities.

In her complaint, Mary Lester claims Diedrich performed plastic surgery on her on Aug. 12, 2013. During the surgery, Diedrich underwent a tummy tuck and a thigh lift, according to the complaint. In addition, Diedrich removed excess skin from Lester's body, the suit states.

Although Mary Lester does not say what went wrong during the procedure, she did say that Diedrich failed to provide appropriate post-operative care.

Because of Diedrich's actions, Lester experienced severe pain and suffering, endured extreme mental anguish, lost wages, endured disfigurement and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

Her husband, Wayne Lester, also incurred medical costs and has been deprived of his wife's love, companionship, consortium, support and services, the suit states.

In their complaint, the Lesters seek a judgment of more than $425,000, plus costs.

Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe and Keefe in Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 15-L-45.

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