Woman alleges Loyola UMC, doctor didn't take red hair into consideration when administering anesthesia

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 4, 2018

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman alleges she was not given a proper amount of anesthesia during a procedure to remove skin cancer at Loyola University Medical Center, in part because doctors did not take into account her red hair.

Kathryn O'Kelly filed a complaint on Nov. 19 in Cook County Circuit Court against Loyola University Medical Center and physician Rebecca Tung, alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 12, 2016, the plaintiff received pre-operative, operative and post-operative medical care and treatment for Moh's surgery on a cancerous growth on the tip of her nose. She alleges the defendants failed to properly evaluate and determine the amount of anesthesia she would need because she is a redhead and they failed to stop the procedure when she was in pain.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants for damages of more than $50,000 plus costs. She is represented by attorney Phyllis Y. Price of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-12535

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