Two more patients of the University of Pennsylvania Health System are accusing the institution of failing to prevent life-threatening infections associated with heater-cooler devices used during open-heart surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got an infection after surgery with a heater-cooler machine, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
March 9, 2017 – In one of the lawsuits, Plaintiff Robert Gerngross alleges that he developed a serious infection about a year after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, according to the Philadelphia Media Network. Gerngross claims that as a result of the infection, he lost 40 pounds, still feels lethargic and has had to undergo a second heart valve replacement.
The other lawsuit was filed on behalf of Marisa Karamanoogian, a 39-year-old mother of 3 who had heart surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania about a year ago. According to the complaint, Karamanoogian suffered an infection shortly after the procedure and continues to have symptoms.
In October 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that heater-cooler units had been linked to severe infections, especially in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. The alert followed at least 32 reports of infection associated with heater-cooler machines between January 2010 and August 2015.
Just weeks after the FDA warning, WellSpan York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, told about 1,300 open-heart surgery patients they may have been exposed to bacterial infections after identifying at least 8 patients at the facility who contracted non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Four of those patients died from resulting complications, according to CNN.
Both Gerngross and Karamanoogian filed their lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in January 2017.
Do I Have a Heater-Cooler Class Action Lawsuit?
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