Woman's estate files malpractice suit over amputated leg

By Cara Bailey | Aug 22, 2007

CHARLESTON - A medical malpractice suit has been filed against a Kanawha County physician by the estate of a woman who lost her right leg after a complication during a surgery.

Cecil B. Griffith filed a suit Aug. 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of the estate of Rosa Griffith. The suit is against Edmundo E. Figuero, M.D.

According to the suit, Rosa Griffith underwent a left heart catheterization via the right groin artery June 13, 2005. During the procedure, she began to exhibit symptoms including inadequate perfusion after the procedure.

On June 21, 2005, Griffith suffered an amputation of her right leg, above her right knee.

Griffith died June 8, 2007. According to an Affidavit of Merit sent to Figuero, a reviewing physician said it was his "opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that this defendant deviated from acceptable and applicable standards of medical care."

That includes failing to act in a timely matter when Griffith's leg showed signs of inadequate perfusion from cardiac surgery and failing to remove the intra-aortic balloon pump in a timely fashion.

Therefore, Cecil Griffith, on behalf of the estate, seeks compensation for the loss of Rosa Griffith's leg, due to the deviations from accepted medical standards of care.

Attorney Henry E. Wood is representing Griffith. The case has been assigned to Judge Jennifer Bailey Walker.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-1633

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