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
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