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Trial Attorney Willie Gary and Team File $50 Million Medical Malpractice Lawsuit against St. Lucie County Medical Center and Doctors on behalf of Client who Suffered Catastrophic Illness and Nearly Died as a Result of Foreign Bodies being left in the Client’s Brain after Surgery

Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary and senior associate Glenn Crickenberger of the Florida-based law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., recently filed a  $50 million medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their client, 50 year-old Lee Ruple.  Ruple, at the time of the incident, was employed as a manager for a major printing company.  He is also a former Navy Petty Officer and father of two children.  As a result of foreign bodies being left in the ventricular system of his brain, Ruple requires 24-hour supervision and suffers from excruciating pain, memory loss, hearing loss, balance difficulties, impaired fine and gross motor skills, tremors, delusions, hallucinations and blindness.  The foreign bodies were left in Mr. Ruple’s brain without his knowledge and concealed by Dr. Paul and St. Lucie County Medical Center for nearly 8 years.

Lee Ruple went to St. Lucie Medical Center and was diagnosed with a colloid cyst in his brain.  Ruple subsequently underwent a surgical procedure known as a bilateral ventriculostomy to correct the problem.  At the conclusion of the surgery, Ruple, who was in an altered mental state and his wife, were advised by the treating physician, Dr. Michael D. Paul, that he required yet another procedure, a “right craniotomy to remove the lesion.”  At no time did Dr. Michael Paul advise Mr. or Mrs. Ruple that any additional procedures were done, other than the removal of the lesion.

The lawsuit contends that following the second surgery, Mr. Ruple repeatedly advised Dr. Paul of “icepick type” headaches that were debilitating at times.  Despite Mr. Ruple’s constant complaining, Dr. Paul concealed the fact that he left retained foreign bodies in the ventricular system of Mr. Ruple’s brain.  Mr. Ruple consulted with numerous doctors regarding continual “icepick” headaches that were getting progressively worse and periods of memory loss, only to be continually deceived about the foreign bodies in his brain.

Furthermore, the lawsuit states that Dr. Paul and subsequent doctors misrepresented to Mr. Ruple that there was nothing that could be detected in the brain that was causing the headaches.  It wasn’t until June of 2013, nearly 8 years after the brain surgery, that Mr. and Mrs. Ruple learned for the first time that foreign bodies existed in the ventricular system of Lee Ruple and the shunt had been disconnected, which was the cause of his injuries.

Gary and team are suing St. Lucie Medical Center, Dr. Michael Paul, Dr. Eduardo Borges, Dr. Joseph Charles, Dr. Cathleen A. Ivy, Dr. Guillermo Palacios, Sheridan Healthcare, Inc., and The University of Florida Board of Trustees.  They are being sued for negligence in failing to do the minimum level of standard care and failure to properly evaluate, care and treat Lee Ruple and improper placement of foreign bodies during brain surgery and subsequent concealment.

“As a result of the negligence of St. Lucie Medical Center and these numerous doctors, my client suffered debilitating pain, memory loss and a decreased quality of life,” commented Gary.  “There is no amount of money that will ever be able to replace the long term effects of repeated and unnecessary surgeries and 8 years of pain and suffering Mr. Ruple has endured.  We hope that this lawsuit will send a message to hospitals and physicians nationwide who fail to provide adequate care, to stop putting the lives of innocent people in jeopardy,” stated Gary.

Attorney Willie E. Gary and Glenn Crickenberger are no strangers to seeking justice.   Mr. Gary and Crickenberger are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and Crickenberger an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.  In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.