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Woman sues St. Luke's Health, surgeon after plastic pieces left in her scalp during brain stimulator removal

Lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2020

Surgery

HOUSTON — A woman has filed a negligence complaint against St. Luke's Health and one of its neurosurgeons after pieces of plastic were left in her scalp after the removal of a deep brain stimulator. 

Mary Vinson filed a complaint Jan. 28 in the Harris County District Court against St. Luke's Health System Corporation, Sameer Sheth, M.D., and others claiming negligence. 

Vinson underwent surgery in February of 2018 at St. Luke's for the implantation of a deep brain stimulator. On November 23, 2018, Sheth removed the stimulator after a wound on her head would not heal. Vinson sought treatment on Feb. 13, 2019 from another physician to remove the scab on her head who found plastic pieces sticking out of her scalp and removed them. She alleges Sheth's failure to remove all of the components of the stimulator in her head which caused her to undergo numerous corrective procedures and antibiotics in order to heal properly.  

Vinson seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by Charles Houssiere, III and Randal Kauffman of Houssiere Durant & Houssiere LLP in Houston. 

Harris County District Court case number 2020-05874

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