A patient at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis claims she did not receive appropriate emergency medical care for treatment of a heart attack, according to a suit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court Sept. 26.

Mickey White is suing the hospital and its attending physician Jaafar Bermain, M.D.

White claims she arrived at the emergency room by ambulance at 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 2004, with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath. While being evaluated until 6 p.m., she subsequently sustained a large anterior wall myocardial infarct with greatly reduced ejection fraction, the suit claims.

An electrocardiogram (EKG) performed was consistent with an anteroseptail lateral myocardial infarct, the complaint states.

"The time interval and missed diagnosis caused Mickey White to sustain irreversible cardiac damage which will negatively effect (sic) her longevity severely," the complaint states.

"The negligent care received by Mickey White on October 3, 2004, between 2:00 p.m. to 5:00/6:00 p.m. was a deviation of the standard of care resulting in serious damage to her."

Southern Illinois Health Care Access and Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation are also named as defendants.

White, represented by Dale Funk of O'Fallon and Bill T. Walker of Granite City, claims she has sustained pain and suffering, severe emotional distress, loss of a normal life, lost wages and incurrred medical expenses. She is seeking in excess of $150,000 in damages.

She alleges the defendants failed to review EKG results in a timely manner, among other things.

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