HOUSTON — A Harris County man with sickle cell disease is suing medical care providers, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and gross negligence.

Kenderrick Merritt filed a complaint on June 28, in the Harris County District Court against The Methodist Hospital, Dr. Micael T. Mann, Dr. Patricio De Hoyos Zambrano, et al, alleging the defendants ignored the plaintiff's advice to use a numbing agent when inserting a catheter.

According to the complaint, on June 19, 2015, Merritt suffered unbearable and traumatic pain, severe emotional distress, physical impairment and was caused to incur additional medical care and expenses when a catheter was negligently inserted into his body. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently inserted the central line without a numbing agent. He says the defendants were unsuccessful in the insertion. The suit alleges in an attempting to stabilize the plaintiff's position, the defendants became frustrated and punched Merritt in the chest several times.

Merritt seeks trial by jury, monetary relief of more than $1 million and all other relief. He is represented by attorney Percy C. Singleton Jr. of Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2017-42856

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