Citing negligence, a married couple in Illinois filed suit against multiple parties, including the University of Chicago Medical Center, for alleged injuries that the husband suffered as a result of a heart surgery performed at the hospital. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court almost two years after the 2012 heart surgery and seeks $50,000 in damages.
The lawsuit states that the operation took place on July 19, 2012, and that its aim was to remove a cardiac defibrillator that had previously been implanted in the man's chest. According to the couple's claim, the man suffered an extended flatlining of his vital signs and a tear in his heart wall during the surgery. Purportedly, these medical mistakes left behind debilitating effects from which he continues to suffer.