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Wife sues doctor after brain surgery allegedly leaves husband mentally disabled


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 22, 2018

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CHICAGO — Deborah Swan is suing a physician and a medical practice, alleging that her husband's brain surgery left him mentally disabled.

Swan filed suit on Sept. 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against physician Stephanie Sitterding and Winfield Pathology Consultants, among others, alleging on Nov. 14, 2014, Walter Swan underwent a surgical procedure at defendants' facility for treatment of a suspected tumor, even though he did not have one. 

Sitterding is alleged to have removed additional tissue from Walter Swan's brain. As a result, Walter Swan suffered injuries rendering him mentally disabled, according to the lawsuit. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for allegedly making a mistaken interpretation of Walter Swan's tissues as a brain tumor during a biopsy.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages for a sum in excess of the jurisdictional limit of the court. She is represented by David C. Wise of Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny in Chicago.

Circuit Court of Cook County Case number 18-L-009828

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