CHARLESTON - A couple are suing Associated Radiologists Inc. for negligent care and treatment.

Dr. Ahmad A. Khan was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Sylvia Bird was a paying patient of the defendants during her hospitalization on Aug. 30, according to a complaint filed June 28 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Bird claims the defendants incorrectly interpreted a CT scan as showing localized dissection involving the proximal ascending thoracic aorta.

The defendants failed to order and perform additional tests before taking Bird to surgery and unnecessarily resecting her aorta, according to the suit.

Bird claims the defendants caused her to suffer physical pain and mental anguish; incur expenses; sustain humiliation and embarrassment; and suffer an impairment of her capacity to enjoy life.

As a further result of the negligence of the defendants, Sherman Bird lost the consortium of his wife.

The Birds are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by William S. Druckman and Madonna C. Estep of the Law Offices of Druckman & Estep.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-1223

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