BELLEVILLE — A patient is suing a physician and medical facilities for allegedly causing her to suffer a perforated bowel and severed ureter during a sigmoid colectomy.

Margaret Knop filed a complaint on June 16 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Scott Hinze, D.O., Chester Medical Group, LLC and Memorial Hospital, alleging they failed to perform the proper medical operation and care to all patients in the facility.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 17, 2016, she was a patient at the defendant's medical facility and was allegedly undergoing a sigmoid colectomy. 

Knopp claims she suffered a perforated bowel and severed ureter during her operation at the facility, resulting in great pain and extreme mental anguish.

She also claims she became liable for large sums of money in hospital and medical related expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly perform a sigmoid colectomy, failed to timely address post-operative complications, failed to maintain safe equipment in the operating room and failed to properly monitor the patient post-operation.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount greater than $75,000, plus costs and any other relief the court deems just and proper. 

She is represented by Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-323

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