Man suing state and UIHC for alleged medical malpractice

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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A University of Texas-Brownsville professor who sought treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is suing two doctors and the state of Iowa for negligence, according to court documents.

Hassanali Espahbodi, 61, was admitted to UIHC in June 2011 for surgery to repair a hernia. Clinical Professor Kent Choi and Kevin Bridge performed the surgery. Espahbodi alleges Choi and Bridge mistakenly cut one of his arteries and failed to properly detect and control bleeding. He also contends that the surgeons damaged his nerves and used an inappropriate mesh during the surgery.

He claims the surgeons and the state are responsible for “physical and mental pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.” His wife, Pouran Tolouian Hassanali, 61, is also suing, claiming she “[has] and will be deprived of the services, companionship, and society” of her husband due to the alleged negligence.

The couple is seeking trial by jury and compensation for damages.

— by Chris Higgins

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