Improper surgical care harmed Ohio woman and her children, suit alleges

By Lawrence Smith | Mar 23, 2009


POINT PLEASANT - An Ohio woman is alleging both she and her children where harmed by the negligent actions of both a Mason County physician and hospital.

Both Dr. Stephen Rerych and Pleasant Valley Hospital have been named as defendants in lawsuit filed by Tyler Wilmoth. In her complaint filed with the assistance of Gallipolis, Ohio, attorney James R. Henry, Wilmoth, also of Gallipolis, alleges both Rerych and PVH staff did not take proper care of her following surgery on her gall bladder in 2007.

According to court records, Wilmoth became Rerych's patient on Feb. 28, 2007. She sought Rerych's care for purposes of removal of her gall bladder which was done via a laparoscopic choleystectomy that same day.

Records are unclear as to how long Wilmoth stayed at PVH following her surgery. However, she returned on March 6 with an alleged case of jaundice.

In her suit, Wilmoth alleges Rerych and PVH staff are responsible for her developing jaundice. The jaundice has caused her "physical weakness ... loss of use and function; permanent disfigurement; pain, embarrassment, mental anguish, emotional distress and an impairment of the capacity to enjoy life both past and future."

In addition to herself, Wilmoth alleges her three minor children, Bailey Shockey, Madalyn Jeffers and Kayden Wilmoth, suffered, too. In addition to their own mental anguish, Wilmoth alleges Bailey, Madalyn and Kayden "have been deprived of [her] services, comfort, society and companionship" and will "continue to so suffer in the indefinite future."

The children are named as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Both Wilmoth and her children are seeking unspecified damages.

The case has been assigned to Judge David W. Nibert

Mason Circuit Court case number: 09-C-26

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