Dan Harkins Jun. 5, 2015, 12:12pm

A female patient has sued a doctor and his practice, alleging malpractice after a colonoscopy.

Violanda Mays, of Joliet, filed a lawsuit on June 3 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Jeffrey Port of Southwest Gastroenterology, citing malpractice, carelessness and negligence.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 23, 2013, Mays came under the care of the defendants for an endoscopy and colonoscopy and although the defendants knew that the plaintiff had a history of bowel adhesions during a previous colectomy, the defendants failed to: recognize how unsafe it was to perform the procedure without visualization or discontinue the procedure when it was apparent the plaintiff was not ready.

The suits also cites the defendants for proceeding with the colonoscopy: when it was clear it couldn't be done safely; when it was impractical; and when it put the patient at risk. As a result, the lawsuit states, Mays sustained: a perforated bowel, requiring emergency surgery; pain and suffering; past and future disability; and loss of a normal life.

Mays seeks damages in excess of $100,000.  She is represented by attorney Erron H. Fisher of Fisher and Lamonica in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2015L005599.

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