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Hysterectomy patient sues doctor claiming surgical injury ruined her kidney

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 3, 2015

A Cook County woman filed suit against a doctor and her practice, claiming professional negligence in a 2012 surgical procedure that allegedly left her with injuries causing kidney failure.

Yolanda Sanders brought a lawsuit against Monica Christmas and Little Company of Mary Affiliated Services Inc. on June 30 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging malpractice in the June 2012 surgery.

According to the filing, Dr. Christmas performed a hysterectomy on the plaintiff on June 18, 2012. The suit states that the doctor “suspected Yolanda was suffering from a ureter injury during the procedure”.

The suit states that when the plaintiff presented to the doctor with abdominal pain two years later, the defendant confirmed that Sanders’ left ureter was obstructed and her left kidney was nonfunctional following exploratory surgery on June 9, 2014.

The plaintiff maintains that the surgeon was negligent by failing to know of Sanders’ ureter injury during the 2012 surgery, and/or failing to perform a cystoscopy.

The suit states, “a ureter injury left untreated can lead to the death of a kidney.”

Claiming personal and pecuniary injuries, the plaintiff seeks damages in excess the court’s jurisdictional limits, plus attorney’s fees and costs. She is represented in the case by Matthew Ports of Pfaff & Gill in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2015L006660.

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