Pair sue over claim that surgical sponge was left inside woman

By The Cook County Record | Feb 17, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing medical medical practitioners and and a hospital, claiming a surgical sponge left inside her body caused a pelvic abscess and colon perforation that led to further surgery and a colostomy.

Tarsha Hatchett-Washington and her husband, Anthony M. Washington, are suing Joseph Maurice, M.D.; Rush Associates in Women's Health; Rannveig Maria Middleton, M.D.; JeeYoon Park, M.D.; Raquel Morales; Hope Clarke, R.N.; and Rush University Medical Center, citing alleged negligence.

The couple filed a complaint on Feb. 05, 2016 in the In The Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Law Division against the defendants alleging that they negligently and carelessly left foreign object inside the plaintiff body after the medical procedure.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, between November 10, 2014 and January 24, 2015, Tarsha Hatchett-Washington and Anthony M. Washington suffered prolonged pain, pecuniary loss and has developed a pelvic abscess and colon perforation which required another medical procedures. The plaintiff holds Joseph Maurice, M.D., Rush Associates in Women's Health, Rannveig Maria Middleton, M.D., JeeYoon Park, M.D., Raquel Morales, Hope Clarke, R.N. and Rush University Medical Center responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to thoroughly inspect and verify the surgical area after the medical procedure.

The plaintiffs seek the following: compensation for an amount in excess of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00). They are represented by James C. Harman of Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP in Chicago in Illinois.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L-001252

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