An Illinois couple is suing St. Louis University following alleged negligent acts during surgery.

Fernando Calverese and Diane Calverese filed a complaint on Aug. 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against St. Louis University, alleging negligence and loss of consortium.

On Oct. 7, 2014, the complaint states, St. Louis University accepted Fernando Calverese for medical care and treatment for an unspecified condition.

The complaint states that St. Louis University was negligent in performing a surgery that was not indicated, improperly placing pedical screws such that they breached the spinal canal at multiple levels, inappropriately used unnecessary hardware, failed to recognize neurological impairment post-operatively, and failed to diagnose breached pedical screws resulting in neurological impairment.

As a result of these negligent acts, the complaint states, Frenando Calverese sustained severe injury, permanent pain, mental anguish, disability, disfigurement, loss of income and medical expenses.

The plaintiffs seek damages of more than $50,000, plus court costs. They are represented by Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe & Keefe PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-489

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