Doctor erroneously diagnosed perforation, Harris County resident alleges

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 31, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges she was injured during a surgery and the injury was not discovered for six days.

Joanne Kendall filed a complaint on Dec. 5 in the Harris County District Court against Dr. Santhi Battumalai Maniam and Dr. Dieu Rick Quang Ngo alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on June 14, 2017, the plaintiff presented to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center for a laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed by Ngo. The suit states the plaintiff exhibited signs of sepsis after the surgery and Maniam performed a CT scan. The plaintiff alleges Maniam erroneously concluded that a moderate amount of fluid in the cholecystectomy bed and pelvis to high density contrast instead of bilious fluid.

The plaintiff alleges that as a result of the defendants' breaches in the standards of care, a perforation in the duodenum was not diagnosed until six days later.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, costs, interest and such other and further relief to which she may be entitled. She is represented by Sean Patrick Tracey, Shawn P. Fox, Scott C. Greenlee and Lance Nolan Walters of Tracey & Fox Law Firm in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-86667

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