CHARLESTON - A Raleigh County man has filed a malpractice suit against Charleston Area Medical Center, seeking $10 million in compensation for injuries he claimed he incurred during a heart catherization.

Matthew Royal filed a suit Feb. 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court, naming CAMC, Dr. Jashvantlal Thakkar and John Doe as defendants.

On April 6, 2005, Royal went to a hospital with severe chest pains. He was flown to CAMC on April 7, where a cardiac catherization was performed by Thakkar.

The suit says the catherization was done in a way that caused Royal severe physical complications. As a result of Thakkar's negligence, Royal needed emergency surgery and excision of organ tissues. He also needed a prolonged recovery period and continues to be in chronic pain.

Also as a result of Thakkar's negligence, Royal suffers a chronic mental illness and needs extensive medical care, the suit says.

Royal, through his counsel Belinda S. Morton, seeks $10 million to help with his medical costs, past and present and to compensate him for his injuries and pain.

The case has been assigned to Judge Irene Berger.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-345

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