Woman claims she lost her husband because of malpractice

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 14, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A surviving wife is suing a university board of governors, citing alleged medical negligence.

Joyce A. Bunch, executor of the estate of David E. Bunch, filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against Marshall University's Board of Governors, as supervisors of employees of the Marshall University School of Medicine, alleging that its health facility deviated from the appropriate standard of medical care by placing her husband at undue risk of injuries.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 20, 2006, David Bunch became a patient of the defendant's Marshall Health for a routine colonoscopy.

Joyce Bunch claims that despite the defendant's physician's knowledge that David Bunch had food in his stomach, he underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). 

During the procedure, he aspirated vomit, and he eventually died after a lengthy hospitalization. 

The plaintiff holds Marshall University Board of Governors responsible because its employees allegedly failed to order that David E. Bunch begin a clear liquid diet for at least 24 hours prior to his EGD procedure and failed to stop the EGD procedure once a large amount of food was seen in his stomach.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in such sums as will adequately compensate for the damages and such other relief as may be proper under the law. She is represented by William M. Tiano of Tiano O'Dell, PLLC in Charleston.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 18-C-614

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