Woman Claims Surgeons Left Stent in Her Body and Didn't Tell Her
9-21-2016 19:55:00

    LOS ANGELES (CN) – A woman claims she was in severe pain for more than a year because Kaiser surgeons left a plastic stent in her body, in Los Angeles County Court.

            Tatiana Carmona sued Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, UCLA Medical Center, and several healthcare personnel.

            Carmona says she came to the Providence emergency room on February 7, 2014 with severe abdominal pain. They treated and discharged her, but she came back two hours later in “excruciating” pain and they scheduled her for gallstone removal surgery.

            When she had surgery that December, no one told her that they would insert a stent, a thin plastic tube-like structure, into her abdomen during the procedure. Nor did they mention that it was only temporary and needed to be removed after three to four months, according to the complaint.

            “Thereafter, the stent caused plaintiff to become extremely ill, to suffer fear, distress, pain, further surgery and permanent injury,” the complaint states.

            Carmona says she went back to the doctors for symptoms caused by the stent several times; they did not discover it until an X-ray technician saw it a year later when she came in for back pain. 

            Though she had surgery to remove the stent this past April, the hospital has not told her whether it was removed or not, causing her to suffer severe anxiety on top of her illness and pain, according to the complaint. 

            Carmona seeks general and special damages for medical malpractice, professional negligence, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of fiduciary duty.

            She is represented by Gary Rand with the Gary Rand & Suzanne E. Rand-Lewis Law Corporation of Sherman Oaks.