Woman blames W.Va. Vascular Institute for surgery injuries

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 1, 2015

BECKLEY - A McDowell County woman is suing the West Virginia Vascular Institute after she claims she was injured during surgery. Dr. Livio Romani and Appalachian Regional Healthcare were also named as defendants in the suit. On April 25, 2013, Romani performed an exploratory laparotomy and cecotomy on Nancy Shirley at Beckley ARH Hospital, according to a complaint filed in Raleigh Circuit Court. Shirley claims after the surgery, she developed tachycardia, fever, had difficulty urinating, chill


BECKLEY - A McDowell County woman is suing the West Virginia Vascular Institute after she claims she was injured during surgery.

Dr. Livio Romani and Appalachian Regional Healthcare were also named as defendants in the suit.

On April 25, 2013, Romani performed an exploratory laparotomy and cecotomy on Nancy Shirley at Beckley ARH Hospital, according to a complaint filed in Raleigh Circuit Court.

Shirley claims after the surgery, she developed tachycardia, fever, had difficulty urinating, chills, abdominal pain and excessive cellulitis of her abdominal walls, pelvis flank and lower back.

As a result of these symptoms, Shirley sought treatment with another physician throughout the month following her surgery, according to the suit.

Shirley claims she Romani owed a duty to her to provide pre-operative care, operative care and post-operative care in a manner that complied with the standards of applicable care to surgeons and failed to do so.

As a result of the defendants' breach, Shirley suffered from urinary dysfunction, severe abdominal wall infection and unnecessary pain and discomfort, according to the suit.

Shirley is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Pamela A. Lambert and Karen S. Hatfield of Lambert Law Offices.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number: 15-C-410

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