CHARLESTON -- An Upshur County man is suing LifeNet Transplant Services and LifeNet Health after he claims he was given a defective Achilles tendon during surgery.

Thomas G. Wamsley underwent surgery at Davis Memorial Hospital to repair a left Achilles tendon rupture, according to a complaint filed March 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Wamsley claims during the surgery a defective 23.0cm right Achilles tendon, distributed by LifeNet Transplant and/or LifeNet Health, was implanted in his left ankle area.

The implanted tendon was infect, which constitutes as unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined by West Virginia Code, according to the suit.

Wamsley claims as a result of the infected tendon, he has undergone reconstructive aplograft surgeries in an attempt to correct the damage caused by the tendon.

Wamsley is seeking general damages for physical pain, mental suffering and emotional distress. He is being represented by Anthony J. Majestro and Kevin S. Kaufman.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-553

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