Multiple Amputations Follow Botched Heart Care, Man Claims
10-22-2014 22:46:00

MARTINEZ, Calif. (CN) - A dialysis patient needed multiple amputations because of inadequate care before, during and after heart surgery, he claims in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

     John Bailey sued John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, aka Kaiser Permanente International, Medical Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Inc., East Bay Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, Inc., Diablo Nephrology Medical Group, Inc. and three doctors – Kevin G. Kaiser, Robert W. Davies and Jatinder S. Dhillon.
     In his lawsuit alleging medical malpractice, failure to warn, negligent infliction of emotional distress and battery, Bailey says he had a coronary angiography at Kaiser before being transferred to non-Kaiser hospital John Muir for quadruple bypass surgery.
     According to the complaint, Kaiser and John Muir “failed to design a safe and effective treatment plan, failed to assess and evaluate the totality of plaintiff’s care and treatment, failed to give due regard to the complexity of plaintiff’s medical conditions, symptoms and prior treatments and procedures, failed to provide plaintiff sufficient dialysis treatment during while [sic] in the care of defendants, failed to provide plaintiff modified ultra filtration immediately after cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, and failed to provide plaintiff continuous hemodialysis and filtration while in intensive care."
     Bailey accuses nephrologist Dr. Robert Davies, anesthesiologist Dr. Kevin Kaiser and cardiac/thoracic surgeon Dr. Jatinder Dhillon of “failing to provide him the necessary medical procedures which caused him to have all four of his limbs amputated."
     “Both plaintiff’s right and left arm were amputated below the elbow resulting in the loss of both hands. Both plaintiff’s right and left leg were both amputated below the knee resulting in the loss of both feet,” the complaint states.
     “Had defendants simply reviewed medical records, they would have discovered the truth of plaintiff’s health conditions and determined the special care and precautions required to protect and preserve plaintiff’s health and safety,” it continues.
     Bailey seeks general and special damages, medical and related expenses, loss of earnings, attorney fees, interest, costs of suit, punitive and compensatory damages and a jury trial. He is represented by James J. Fishel of Walnut Creek.