Suit claims doctors failed to diagnose aortic dissection

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 15, 2013


The wife of a recently deceased man has filed suit against the doctors who she says failed to accurately interpret a CT scan, causing her husband’s death.

Hilde Hosey claims defendant Doctors Charles Dumontier and Rachelle Leach failed to consider that William Hosey suffered from a tear in the inner walls of his heart valve. The condition, known as an aortic dissection, causes blood to flow between the walls of the aorta, which is a valve in the heart. In turn, the body pumps less blood to other organs.

William Hosey died of the condition on Aug. 9, 2011 – nearly two months after Dumontier and Leach had interpreted a June 21, 2011, CT scan, according to the complaint filed June 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Because of her husband’s death, Hilde Hosey has been deprived of his services, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, love and support, the suit states.

In addition to Dumontier and Leach, Hilde Hosey names St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Midwest Emergency Department Services and Radiology Consultants of Mid-America as defendants. The defendant doctors worked for the defendant corporations, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Hilde Hosey is seeking a judgment of more than $500,000, plus costs.

Joseph A. Bartholomew of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-304.

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