A man who claims he developed a sternal wound infection after having open-heart surgery with a Sorin Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler device has filed a lawsuit against LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois.
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What’s the Problem?
April 19, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff underwent a coronary artery bypass graft at Memorial Medical Center (MMS) in Springfield, Illinois in Feb. 2015. He claims that his surgeon used a LivaNova 3T heater-cooler system during the surgery.
Immediately after the procedure, Plaintiff’s condition worsened and it was found that he had suffered a sternal wound infection. Two days after the surgery, he began treatment with antibiotic medications and was fitted with a wound vac. He was later discharged from the hospital to undergo home healthcare.
A short time later, Plaintiff began experiencing complications including night sweats, intermittent fevers, balance problems, and extreme fatigue. He was admitted to a specialist, who diagnosed him with a nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infection, an injury that has been repeatedly linked to contaminated 3T heater-cooler units.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning in October that some LivaNova Stöckert 3T heater-coolers may have been contaminated during manufacturing, putting patients at risk of life-threatening NTM infections.
On November 4, 2016, Plaintiff’s hospital sent him a letter warning about the potential infection risk related to a heater-cooler system that was used during his heart surgery. The letter indicated that the CDC and FDA were investigating the devices because they had been linked to NTM infections.
Plaintiff alleges that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn about the risk of contamination from Stöckert 3T heater-coolers, and that they intentionally withheld information in order to maximize profits.
He brings counts of negligence, liability, breach of warranties, negligent misrepresentation, misrepresentation by omission, and violation of the Illinois consumer fraud and deceptive business practice act against LivaNova PLC.
Do I Have a Heater-Cooler Lawsuit?
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