Patient, husband allege Marshall Board of Governors negligence caused hospital injuries

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 12, 2018

LOGAN — Two Logan County residents are suing the governing board of a hospital, alleging negligence caused injuries to a patient.

Melba J. Porter and C. David Porter filed a complaint in Logan Circuit Court against the Marshall University Board of Governors alleging its medical staff failed to identify and appropriately protect the laryngeal nerve during the thyroidectomy to Melba Porter. The suit says the medical staff was not able to treat her underlying condition of hypercalcemia when the physician failed to remove an adenoma on Porter's parathyroid gland that was referenced prior to the surgery.

According to the complaint, on April 12, 2016, Porter underwent a thyroidectomy at the Logan Regional Medical Center performed by Dr. Jodi Cisco-Goff an employee/agent of the Marshall board. The suit says Porter suffered from injuries and nerve damage to her laryngeal nerves, her airway has been diminished and her right vocal cord is paralyzed. 

This allegedly happened after the physician failed to provide a standard care and treatment during surgery. The plaintiffs allege the Marshall University Board of Governors deviated from standard medical care.

The Porters seek trial by jury, judgment to adequately compensate their damages and all other just relief. They are represented by attorneys Robert V, Berthold Jr and Robert V, Berthold III of Berthold Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

Logan Circuit Court case number 18-C-131

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