The family of the late Kenneth Hubbs has filed suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, alleging their benefactor died from an infection 10 months following surgery.

Yvonne Hubbs filed the suit May 24 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on March 15, 2011, Kenneth Hubbs underwent aortic valve replacement at St. Elizabeth. He was discharged a week later.

On July 21, 2011, he was readmitted and diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection, with the previously implanted heart valve being determined to be the source, the suit says.

Kenneth Hubbs passed away on Jan. 31, 2012.

The suit blames Christus for his death, alleging the hospital negligently failed to provide a sterilized environment and failed to rinse the valve before implantation.

On top of exemplary damages, the plaintiffs are suing for medical costs and funeral expenses.

Houston attorney Monica Vaughn of Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere represent the plaintiffs.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A194-380

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