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Inmate Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Over Lymph Node Surgery

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A Menard Correctional Center inmate, serving a 70-year murder sentence, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against two doctors and the prison’s medical service provider.

He claims, had a growth on his larynx been properly diagnosed, he would not have had to undergo two unnecessary lymph node biopsy surgeries that have left him suffering with permanent nerve damage.

Last year he voluntarily dismissed a similar suit without prejudice and is now re-filing a new lawsuit within a year.

The suit claims he suffered great pain, both in mind and body, and was caused to and suffered loss of normal life and disability. He is seeking $150,000 in damages

After Keller complained of an extremely sore throat and swollen lymph glands on Oct. 20, 2004, Dr. Ahmad performed a biopsy. He claims Dr. Ahmad is negligent for failing to refer him to an appropriate specialist.

He became a patient of Dr. Kirkland’s on June 29, 2005, for complaints of swollen lymph glands, at which time another biospy was performed.

Keller claims Dr. Kirkland cut and removed nerve tissue and damaged the nerves in his neck, failed to obtain informed consent and failed to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux.