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University of Chicago Medical Center hit with wrongful death suit over treatment of stroke patient; case settled, dismissed

By Annie Cosby | Nov 11, 2014

UPDATE: Cook County court records indicate this case was dismissed under a settlement agreement on Aug. 28, 2015.

A woman is suing over claims her mother was fatally injured when a hospital allegedly failed to timely treat her stroke.

Kennita Myles, independent administrator of the estate of Verna Ree Myles, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Oct. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against the University of Chicago Medical Center.

According to the complaint, Verna collapsed while talking to her family on Nov. 21, 2012, and emergency personnel transported her to the defendant's facility, which was a designated stroke center.

Myles says a CT scan was taken just after midnight and a doctor reported the results were "worrisome for thrombosis," or a blood clot, and by 9 a.m., Verna was admitted to inpatient neurology ICU. Following a repeat CT at 11 a.m., the suit states that Verna underwent an embolectomy.

Verna was discharged on Dec. 6, 2012, with injuries including left side paralysis and cortical blindness, according to Myles, who claims these injuries contributed  to Verna's Feb. 5, 2014 death.

The defendant is accused of failing to timely perform and read a CT, treat a patient with CT results suggestive of thrombosis, perform an embolectomy and treat an acute stroke at a recognized comprehensive stroke center.

Myles is represented by attorney Susan J. Schwartz of Corboy & Demetrio in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2014L011105.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and it represents only one side of the story.

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