A fairly common medical treatment has led to a series of lawsuits, including one against a Fresno hospital because it’s blamed for a man losing three of his four limbs.
Keith Rickelman’s life changed quickly in May 2020.
He got married May 1 and was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital a few days later when he needed heart surgery.
“As a result of going in for heart surgery, he ended up being a triple amputee,” said Rickelman’s attorney Warren Paboojian. “Not because of the heart surgery, but because of the drug that was given to him called Heparin.”
Paboojian filed a malpractice lawsuit against St. Agnes and seven of its employees. He says medical staff used the common blood thinner Heparin.