A Marion County woman claims her treatment at a St. Clair County hospital caused life-threatening damage to her body.

Susan R. Levine filed a lawsuit June 29 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.

According to the complaint, Levine was a patient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital between July 9 and July 11, 2010. The woman says her care by both the hospital and the Washington University physicians who treated her was "professionally negligent." Levine says as a direct result of negligent care, medical staff failed to timely diagnosis and treat her bowel enterotomy.

Levine says the doctors and hospital staff failed to recognize her symptoms that were allegedly indicative of acute intrraabdominal catastrophe, bowel enterotomy and leakage. She says the leakage was not propertly treated and eventually caused "multisystem organ failure."

Levine contends she has sustained "constant pain and suffering", disability, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of a normal life. She is aksing to be awarded more than $50,0000 from each defendant along with court costs.

Attorney Joseph A. Bartholomew of Belleville represents Levin. They ask for a jury trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-338

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