Plaintiff non-suits Christus, doctors from med-mal

David Yates May 25, 2011, 4:29am


Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and three physicians have been non-suited from a medical malpractice complaint.

As previously reported, on Aug. 19 Martha Thomas and her husband, Foy Willey, filed suit against Christus and the doctors who allegedly failed to timely diagnose her with an intestinal obstruction.

Christus and all of the suit's defendants, including Drs. Dr. Sei Chang Oh, Daniel P. Stagg and Brent W. Bost, were non-suited by the couple on Jan. 7, dismissing them with prejudice, court papers say.

In her suit, Thomas claims she was admitted to St. Elizabeth on June 7, 2008, with complaints of abdominal pain and tenderness, flank pain and shortness of breath.

While at the hospital, Dr. Sei Chang Oh treated Thomas and consulted with Drs. Daniel P. Stagg and Brent W. Bost regarding Thomas' condition, according to the complaint.

All three doctors allegedly failed to recognize Thomas' symptoms of ileus, a life-threatening condition characterized by an intestinal blockage, the suit states.

Instead, they rendered inappropriate treatment and discharged Thomas from the hospital, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs were seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Sandee L. Hart of Orange represented them.

Christus was represented by Houston attorneys Leah A. Greene, Edward J. Kroger of Kroger & Frisby

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, presided over the case.

Case No. A187-710

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