Lawsuit claims patient received a bacterial infection after knee surgery at Roper Hospital

VIDEO: Lawsuit claims patient received a bacterial infection after knee surgery at Roper Hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A lawsuit filed on Monday against Roper St. Francis Healthcare and CareAlliance Health Services claims a patient got a bacterial infection after knee surgery in 2016.

The lawsuit says the plaintiff underwent surgery in March of 2016 at Roper Hospital and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in April of 2018.

The lawsuit filed by the Motley Rice Law Firm says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to intervene in the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's investigation into an ongoing infection outbreak at Roper.

It also says in October of 2016 the CDC found elevated levels of several strains of non-tuberculous mycobacteria in the water distribution system at Roper.

Court documents say the patient had to undergo two additional surgeries to remove the infected materials and put a new knee in its place along with antibiotic treatment.

The lawsuit says this process had become a burden on family and the patient was not able to return to the activity level she had before the surgeries.

The attorney for patient, Kevin Dean, says something like this should not have happened in 2016. He says they don't blame the doctors. He says the patient and the physicians were not aware of the issues.

The Corporate Communications Director for Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Andy Lyons, released the following statement:

“Compassionate and excellent care are cornerstones of our mission at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. We do not believe at this time the allegations that this patient received an infection at Roper Hospital. We have been serving the community for more than 160 years, and we are proud that our three hospitals and health system are recognized nationally for the quality of services we provide.”

DHEC has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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