A surgical patient has sued over alleged complications from circulation-related medical procedures.

Angelis Anderson filed a lawsuit May 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Merlin Kelsick, Dr. Elizabeth Clark and Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago.

According to the complaint, on April 27, 2010, Anderson was admitted to Roseland, under Kelsick's care, for the treatment of an arterial occlusion in her right leg and three days later she underwent bypass surgery by defendant Clark to restore circulation to the leg. On May 16, 2010, she was readmitted because of an occlusion of the graft placed April 30, the suit states.

After a surgical procedure to remove the occlusion, the lawsuit states, Anderson suffered a sustained infection and tissue damage requiring a long hospital stay and repeated tissue debridement.

The defendants are cited with carelessness and negligence in: delaying the April 30, 2010, surgery for three days; failing to perform vein mapping to determine availability of veins for use as a graft; using a prosthetic graft instead of a native vein graft; failing to remove a clot in the graft before completing the surgery; and delaying the surgery of May 16, 2010, for nearly 10 hours.

As a result, the lawsuit states, the plaintiff sustained serious and permanent injury, pain and suffering and medical expenses.

Anderson seeks damages from each defendant that exceed the court's jurisdictional limit. She is represented by attorney Angelis Anderson of John B. Schwartz & Associates in Chicago. 

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2015L005312.

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