EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County woman is suing a Springfield medical facility, alleging medical negligence in the death of her mother.

Tina Paschedag, daughter and special administrator of the estate of Betty Snider, filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against Gateway Regional Medical Center, Gateway Surgical & Vein Center and Dr. Paul J. Pace, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, on March 31, 2015, Betty Snider was undergoing a medical treatment by Pace and at defendants Gateway Medical Center and Gateway Vein Center in Springfield to insert a Port-a-Cath. The suit says Pace made numerous, unsuccessful attempts to insert the device into various parts of Snider's body, and used a fluoroscope to attempt to assess the situation. With no success, the plaintiff's mother was transferred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, the lawsuit states.

She was brought into the operating room there while being resuscitated, the suit says. The surgery was difficult, the complaint alleges, and Snider required four rounds of heart massages for about 20 minutes to recover her heart function and blood pressure. The suit says Snider developed significant fluid overload and renal failure and died April 7, 2015.

The plaintiff alleges failure to properly perform the prescribed procedure, failure to properly use fluoroscopy, failure to properly treat the patient, and failure to recognize the improper placement of medical materials during the procedure.

Paschedag seeks all damages commensurate under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, at least $50,000 from each defendant, plus court costs. She also seeks a trial by jury. She is represented by attorneys Anne Brockland and Tim Cronin of The Simon Law Firm PC in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-141

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