Mother blames hospital for daughter’s death

By Robert Hadley | May 11, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says her daughter’s surgeon made alleged surgical errors that cost the 24-year-old woman her life.

Susan R. Gillenwater, administrator of the estate of Linsy Rae Gillenwater, filed a lawsuit April 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Area Medical Center Inc., alleging medical malpractice and negligence.

According to the complaint, Linsy Rae Gillenwater was admitted to CAMC on Oct. 17, 2014 complaining of chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Linsy, who had undergone a procedure three days earlier to treat gastroesophageal reflux, was diagnosed after a CT scan with a fluid-filled esophagus and small bowel obstruction, the suit says. The plaintiff claims that Linsy’s surgeon, Dr. Samuel Rossi, provided negligent follow-up care, leading to her death from complications of the surgery on Oct. 17, 2014.

Susan Gillenwater seeks a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, and reimbursement for litigation expenses. She is represented by attorneys Robert P. Welsh and Marvin W. Masters of The Masters Law Firm L.C. in Charleston.

Judge Charles E. King is assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-527

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