Cabell woman sues four doctors for negligence, wrongful death

By Drew Smith | Dec 22, 2005

HUNTINGTON - A Cabell County woman is suing four pathologists for negligence and wrongful death after her husband died from a tumor on his left foot.

HUNTINGTON - A Cabell County woman is suing four pathologists for negligence and wrongful death after her husband died from a tumor on his left foot.

In a suit filed Dec. 13, Karen Estep Stewart claims Drs. A. Betts Carpenter, Linda Brown, Paul Durst and Teresa Limgoco, of Cabell Huntington Hospital, misinterpreted her husband's, Preston Burgess Stewart, condition.

The pathologists initially diagnosed the growth as a benign neurofibroma. The suit claims the pathology from Stewart's foot had a higher probability of being a soft tissue sarcoma.

Stewart is also suing University Physicians and Surgeons Inc., the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Marshall University Board of Governors, claiming they should've ensured that its employees obtain consultation from surgical pathologists "with nationally recognized expertise in the diagnosis of soft tissue tumors."

As a result of the misinterpretation, the suit claims Stewart's tissue was misread and misdiagnosed, which caused a delay in treatment and eventually death.

Stewart is seeking damages for her husband's conscious pain and suffering and mental and emotional distress prior to death.

The case has been assigned to Judge John L. Cummings.

Cabell County Circuit Court case number: 05-C-1056.

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