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The estate of a West Virginia woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in response to a leg amputation she received. The woman lost her right leg above the knee due to complications during surgery. The suit was filed in a circuit court on August 6th against Edmund E. Figuero, M.D.

According to the suit, Rosa Griffith underwent a left heart catheterization via the right groin artery June 13, 2005. During the procedure, she began to exhibit symptoms including inadequate perfusion after the procedure. On June 21, 2005, Griffith suffered an amputation of her right leg, above her right knee.

Griffith died June 8, 2007. According to an Affidavit of Merit sent to Figuero, a reviewing physician said it was his “opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that this defendant deviated from acceptable and applicable standards of medical care.”

This applies to the defendant’s failure to act in a timely fashion in the removal of the intra-aortic balloon pump after the Griffith’s leg began to show signs of a problem. On behalf of the estate, Cecil Griffith aims to receive compensation for this “deviation from acceptable medical care” resulting in Griffith’s amputation.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.

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