In 2009, Rolanda Dickerson went to Forest Park Medical Center for a tummy tuck. Instead, according to a lawsuit first reported by Courthouse News, Dr. John Alexander gave her a gastric bypass.
That was a problem both because the procedure wasn't what she had agreed to and because Dickerson had received a gastric bypass three years before. Complications ensued, prompting Dickerson to go to Alexander for a second operation in 2010, at which point she says things only got worse, with "painful, disruptive digestive issues and other medical issues on a nearly weekly basis" and several hospitalizations according to Dickerson's suit again Alexander and Forest Park. Then there's the kicker:
As a further result of the procedure ... Rolanda Dickerson is unable to eat food and drink liquids in the normal way. Instead, she has had to have a port installed in her abdomen. The port is attached by tubing to a backpack that she must carry with her at all times. The backpack is a pump/controller/battery assembly and two bottles: one contains water and the other contains liquefied nutrients (with a baby food-like consistency). A pump in the back periodically dispenses "food" and water into Rolanda's abdomen for digestion.
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The suit alleges that Alexander and Forest Park's negligence caused pain and mental anguish, ongoing medical expenses, and lost wages for which she s requesting compensation. I have a call into Alexander for a response. For now, we'll turn to the clinic's website: "At Forest Park Medical Center, extraordinary is all we do."