An Illinois man who allegedly developed a severe infection after undergoing open-heart surgery with a Sorin Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler system has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
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What’s the Problem?
Plaintiff alleges that he underwent a coronary artery bypass graft in Feb. 24, 2015, which involved use of a LivaNova 3T heater-cooler system. Following his surgery, plaintiff claims that his condition deteriorated and his doctors determined that he had developed a sternal wound infection.
On Feb. 26, 2015, he began treatment with antibiotics and was fitted with a wound vac. He was later sent home with the wound vac and PICC line, and scheduled for home health care.
Shortly after being sent home, Plaintiff began experiencing night sweats, fevers, balance problems and fatigue. He was admitted to an infectious disease specialist, who determined that he was infected with nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM), a rare type of bacteria that has been found in patients who undergo open-heart surgery with Stockert 3T heater-cooler devices.
In October 2016, CDC issued a warning which stated that some LivaNova Stöckert 3T heater-coolers may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process, which could increase the risk of NTM infection in patients undergoing invasive surgeries.
A month after the CDC warning, Plaintiff’s hospital sent him a letter indicating that he had undergone open-heart surgery with a device that was being investigated by the CDC and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over its potential link to life-threatening bacterial infections.
Plaintiff asserts that LivaNova PLC didn’t do enough to warn the public and medical community about the risk of infection from Stöckert 3T heater-cooler systems, and that the company either intentionally downplayed or withheld information about potential health risks with the machine. He brings counts of negligence, liability, breach of warranties, negligent misrepresentation, misrepresentation by omission, and violation of the Illinois consumer fraud and deceptive business practice act.
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