Ohio woman sues Point doctor for ineffective sterilization

By Lawrence Smith | Oct 1, 2008


POINT PLEASANT – An Ohio woman alleges that a Mason County physician's failure to properly sterilize her resulted in not only an unwanted, but also life-threatening pregnancy.

On Aug. 20, Majory Wise of Gallipolis, Ohio, filed suit against Dr. Mark Nolan in Mason Circuit Court. In her complaint and suit, filed with the assistance of Robert W. Bright, with the Story Law Office in Pomeroy, Ohio, failed to sterilize her against a second, unwanted pregnancy.

According to court records, Wise was diagnosed around the time of July 15, 2005 with a blood disorder known as Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, or TTP. Because she "feared that she may suffer debilitation or death as a result of the serious complications and problems caused by TTP," Wise decided to be sterilized "so that she might not become pregnant again."

After the baby was delivered via C-Section, records show Nolan "performed a bilateral tubal occlusion/ligation sterilization" on Wise.

However, over a year later, the suit alleges in August 2006 Wise suspected she was pregnant again. A month later, it was confirmed she was indeed pregnant.

Following the birth the second baby on May 17, 2007, Dr. Bridget Y. Skinner performed a second bilateral tubal occlusion/ligation on Wise.

"The surgical procedure performed by the Defendant Nolan on the Plaintiff Majory Wise not only failed to successfully sterilize the Plaintiff and prevent another pregnancy, but also caused Wise to suffer serious emotional distress arising from the unwanted pregnancy," the suit alleges.

As a result of Nolan's negligence, Wise alleges she suffered, among other things, past, present and future enjoyment of life, pain and distress by giving birth to child conceived after ineffective sterilization and having a child while dealing "with the possible fatal complications of TTP."

For damages, Wise is asking for "a sum in excess of the minimum jurisdiction of this Court which will adequately compensate the Plaintiff for her injuries, together with pre-judgment interest, costs and attorney fees." Specifically, Wise seeks to recover the costs of the two sterilizations and post- and pre-natal care.

The case has been assigned to Judge Thomas C. Evans III.

Mason Circuit Court Case No. 08-C-568

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