Suit: Woman seeks $2 million over foam pieces left in her foot

Posted: May 15, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A city woman is suing a local foot care center and doctor for $2 million after pieces of foam were left in her foot following a surgery.

According to a medical malpractice suit filed Tuesday in Winchester Circuit Court, Angela Thompson of the 200 block of Stratford Drive is suing Rhonda L. Davis and Foot Care Center at 611 E. Jubal Early Drive.

Davis and a representative for the Foot Care Center did not return a call for comment.

Thompson claims in the 10-page, two-count lawsuit that she underwent surgery on her left ankle and foot for symptomatic tarsal tunnel syndrome and plantar faciitis on or about May 20, 2011, and July 29, 2011.

After the two procedures, Thompson had “numerous” emergency and follow-up visits to Winchester Medical Center “due to extreme pain resulting from the surgeries conducted by Dr. Davis.”

Thompson began receiving wound care for wounds that resulted from the surgeries, according to the suit.

Davis allegedly became responsible for the wound care oversight and dressing changes and on or about Oct. 16, 2011, Thompson was diagnosed with left foot infection and numbness.

After more hospital visits and diagnoses throughout the year, in May 2012, it was allegedly discovered that a foreign substance — believed to be Wound Vacuum Assisted Closure foam — had been left in Thompson’s wound site, resulting in an ongoing infection and pathology, according to the lawsuit.

Davis’ failure to properly conduct wound care caused Thompson to experience significant pain, suffering and ultimately resulted in permanent injury, loss of use of her left lower extremity and disability, the suit states.

As a result, she is seeking $2 million plus interest and costs and further relief as the court may deem just and proper.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com