An Illinois woman is suing her doctor and a Maryville hospital claiming she was injured during a hysterectomy and contracted a staph infection following the procedure.

Emily Cochran filed the lawsuit April 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Tina Gingrich, the private corporation of Dr. Tina M.F. Gingrich and Southwestern Illinois Health Facilities Inc., doing business as Anderson Hospital.

According to the complaint, Cochran was admitted to Anderson Hospital in April 2010 for a total abdominal hysterectomy to be performed by Dr. Gingrich. During the surgery Cochran claims Dr. Gingrich and the hospital staff made several mistakes, including failing to treat a strangulated bowel, an incisional hernia and other post-operative complications. Cochran also contends the conditions in the operating room caused her to contract MRSA, a serious staph infection.

Cochran accuses Dr. Gingrich and Anderson Hospital of negligence and seeks more than $225,000 in damages for medical bills, loss of income and court costs. She is represented by attorney Samantha S. Unsell of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-221

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