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Dunbar man alleges pacemaker was source of MRSA infection

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 8, 2019

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CHARLESTON – A Dunbar couple is suing a medical team alleging that their negligence resulted in the husband contracting MRSA after the installation of a pacemaker.

Darrell Wingett and Carol Wingett filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Dr. Kishore K. Challa, South Charleston Cardiology Associates PLLC, Dr., M. Salim Ratnani and Professional Cardiothoracic Surgery PLLC alleging negligence.

The suit states that Darrell Wingett presented to the Thomas Memorial Hospital in May 2014 with complaints of dizziness. The suit states Challa recommended that the plaintiff have a permanent pacemaker put in, and Ratnami implanted the pacemaker.

On May 12, 2017, the suit states Darrell Wingett presented to Charleston Area Medical Center with complains of fever, chills and swelling at the pacemaker site. The plaintiff alleges he had developed MRSA and sepsis and that the source of the infection was the pacemaker. The suit states the plaintiff's pacemaker was removed on May 19, 2017.

The plaintiffs allege the care provided to Darrell Wingett by the defendants was negligent, careless and reckless.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by Robert B. Warner and Andrew D. Byrd of Warner Law Offices PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-479

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