Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron will hold a case management conference Nov. 23, on a medical malpractice case against Maryville Women’s Center and Marlene H. Freeman, M.D.

Amy Bamper, whose son was born prematurely on June 4, 2002, filed suit in December of 2004, seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Bamper claims that on April 25, 2002--during her 22nd week of pregnancy--tests indicated high amounts of protein in her urine, but Freeman did not take immediate action which could have prevented a premature birth in the 27th week of gestation.

On April 25, 2002, Bamper alleges Freeman ordered a follow-up 24-hour urine collection, but delayed testing until April 30, 2002.

“On or about May 6, 2002, Bamper received notice from Maryville Women’s Center...that the urine collection indicated she had high protein levels in her urine and was told to immediately go to Anderson Hospital,” the complaint states.

“At all times relevant thereto, there existed a duty on part of the defendant, Maryville Women’s Center, including but not limited to, Marlene H. Freeman, M.D., to comply with the applicable standards of care for reasonably well qualified medical providers,” the complaint states.

Bamper alleges that by disregarding its duties, Maryville Women’s Center was guilty of failing to timely and properly treat and diagnose preeclampsia, a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and in postpartum and can affect both the mother and unborn baby.

Bamper has hired the Chicago Law Firm of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz to represent her. The defendants are represented by Ransom Wuller of Belleville.

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