WHEELING — An Ohio woman is suing is suing a physician, alleging negligence during a medical procedure, resulting in a premature death.

Amy Eggleston of Monroe County, Ohio, individually and on behalf of the wrongful death beneficiaries of Nancy Tedesco filed a complaint April 13 in Ohio Circuit Court against Dr. Rajah Khoury alleging he failed his duty to act in a manner consistent with what a reasonably prudent physician would do in similar circumstances.

According to the complaint, on June 4, 2015, Tedesco underwent an aortic valve replacement and three vessel coronary artery bypass graft surgery at Wheeling Hospital under Khoury. Near the conclusion of the surgery, the suit says, Tedesco developed pulmonary artery pressure and bloody endotracheal tube secretions, and Khoury surmised that the problems could be due to pulmonary artery rupture. 

Instead, the lawsuit states, the aortic valve prosthesis, which had been placed during the surgery, was not properly sealed, which lead to a severe paravalvular leak. 

As a result, Tedesco suffered multi-system organ failure that caused her premature death June 7, 2015. 

The plaintiff alleges Khoury responsible failed to recognize the signs and symptoms that the aortic valve replacement was not sealed properly, failed to surgically correct the problems relating to the aortic valve replacement and failed to appreciate the cause of Tedesco's symptoms, namely her supra-systemic pulmonary artery press and bloody endotracheal tube secretions.

Eggleston seeks trial by jury, compensation for all damages in an amount to be determined by the jury and all other equitable relief. She is represented by attorneys David E. Goddard and Edmund L. Wagoner of Goddard and Wagoner PLLC in Clarksburg.

Ohio Circuit Court Case number 17-C-110

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