Woman alleges OBGYN damaged ureter during ovary removal

A woman alleges an OBGYN damaged her only functioning ureter during laparoscopic surgery to remove her ovary and fallopian tube.

Zaddie Sharkey filed a complaint March 31 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Debra Carson and Heartland Women’s Healthcare LTD, alleging negligence.

Sharkey alleges in her complaint that she sought care from Carson on June 9, 2020, to address her pelvic pain, which Carson diagnosed as coming from her left ovary and fallopian tube. Carson then recommended Sharkey, who only had one functioning kidney and left ureter for renal function, undergo laparoscopic surgery to remove the ovary and fallopian tube. Sharkey claims that during her laparoscopic surgery, Carson cut and damaged her sole functioning ureter and failed to take steps to ensure the ureter was “isolated and protected from harm.”

She alleges she has suffered emotional distress, pain, disfigurement, loss of income andaloss of a “normal life” as a result of Carson’s negligence.

Sharkey seeks monetary relief of more than $50,000 and all other just relief.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

Leave a Reply