The Streeter family, owner of several local businesses including Vista Drive In and Wildcat Village Apartments, is accusing a Manhattan surgeon and a former Manhattan physician of negligence in the death of mother and wife, Karen Streeter.
Bradley Streeter and his sons, Andrew, Daniel and Matthew, filed a suit in Riley County District Court Wednesday against Dr. Mark Wolfe, a surgeon at Manhattan Surgical Associates, and Thanh Tran of Melbourne, Florida, who was a physician at Ascension Via Christi Hospital.
They allege that the two, who performed surgery and evaluations on Karen, failed to consider in a timely manner, diagnose and treat an infection that ultimately led to her death in December 2018.
According to the petition filed in court, Wolfe performed surgery on Karen to repair hernias on her abdomen on Oct. 9, 2018. The document says she developed a pain in the area in the following days and developed conditions that increased her heart rate, requiring her to need additional oxygen, increased the number of white blood cells and lowered the pH in her bloodstream.
The petition said Wolfe consulted Tran to evaluate Karen for hypoxia and tachycardia, and Tran noted she had inflammation affecting her whole body with bandemia, tachycardia and an acute kidney injury.
The documents said Karen developed worsening conditions, and CT scans showed signs of an infection and a developing abscess, but it wasn’t until Oct. 15 that Wolfe performed an operation, finding an infection and bowel leak.
Because of these conditions, Karen required mechanical ventilation and was transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, on Oct. 24.
She remained there until she died on Dec. 9 at the hospital.
The family said it has suffered financially and emotionally from her death, and is demanding the case proceed to a jury trial. They are seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
The court sent summons to Wolfe and Tran on Friday.
Wolfe and Tran were not immediately available for comment.