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Woman files suit against Appalachian Regional Healthcare, doctor over allegations pacemaker was not needed


By Carrie Bradon | Jun 20, 2019

BECKLEY – A Hinton woman alleges a pacemaker was installed that was medically unnecessary. 

Tracey L. Wilson and David Scott Wilson filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Melaku Demede, M.D. and Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc., doing business as ARH Cardiology Associates-Beckley and Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, alleging negligence.

The suit states that Tracey Wilson had a pacemaker installed on June 8, 2017, by Demede at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She alleges she experienced complications and sought treatment from other doctors. The suit states it was later determined the pacemaker was not needed and surgery was scheduled to remove it. The suit states the pacemaker was removed in March 2018 but the guide wire embedded in the plaintiff's heart was not able to be extracted without risk of damage. The plaintiff alleges a portion of the wire is still embedded in her renal vein and cannot be removed.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants performed a medically unnecessary surgery.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Bernard E. Layne III of Mani, Ellis & Layne PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 19-C-187

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