Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron

At plaintiff's request, Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron dismissed without prejudice a 10-count medical malpractice case against Saint Anthony's Health Center and several of its doctors.

Byron entered his order on Aug. 27 dismissing a suit that alleged the defendants' negligence caused Joyce Cooper' stroke. Cooper has one year to re-file the suit if she wishes.

According to the suit filed May 30, Cooper's family physician sent her to the emergency room at Saint Anthony's where various tests including a cardiac catheterization were performed.

She claims that during the catheterization, doctors could not engage the left coronary artery despite multiple attempts.

"Defendants had significant difficulty during said cardiac catheterization," Cooper's complaint stated.

According to Cooper, once she woke up from the procedure, she began having vision problems and focusing problems and was ultimately diagnosed with a stroke.

Cooper claimed the defendants negligently performed the catheterization, failed to properly utilize the left coronary artery without success, failed to prevent a brain infarct, failed to properly and timely treat the brain infarct, and performed the test when it was not necessary for her treatment.

Cooper claimed as a result of the alleged negligence, she sustained permanent injuries, endured pain and suffering, disability, loss of a normal life and medical expenses.

Cooper is represented by Michael Glisson of Alton.

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