Ripley woman sues St. Francis over blood transfusion

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 15, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A Ripley woman is suing St. Francis Hospital after she claims they gave her a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type.

Faye R. Hart was admitted for treatment at the hospital from May 23 until June 19, 2009, for pancreatitis, according to a complaint filed Sept. 28 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

On May 26, 2009, Hart claims a blood transfusion was ordered for her, but that it incorrectly indicated that she was blood type A/B Negative when in actuality, her blood type is B Positive.

The defendant deviated from the applicable standard of care and was negligent, according to the suit.

Hart claims she suffered physical and mental injury and harm; experienced pain and suffering; mental anguish; loss of enjoyment of life; endured a longer hospitalization; and incurred additional medical expenses.

Hart is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Brent K. Kesner, Daniel W. Greear, Kevin C. Harris and Eric J. Holmes.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-1732

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