Man files lawsuit after given simulated saline for mannequins during medical procedure

Man files lawsuit after given stimulated saline for mannequins during medical procedure

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man says in December 2014, he went to a local clinic for a minor cosmetic procedure. An out-patient procedure he says doctors told him would take no more than an hour to complete. Vick Fisher says he expected to be back at work within two hours, but he ended up being on the clinic table for 11 hours, while medical staff stopped his bleeding.

Days later, he says, he ended up in the hospital in the ICU, with holes in his stomach.

The FDA recently reported patients in seven states, including Louisiana, were mistakenly given a simulated saline solution that health workers use to practice on mannequins.

"I want to know what was in these bags, I want to know what's possibly still in my system because I am still having complications," Fisher said.

This week, he and his attorney, Lewis Unglesby, filed a suit claiming the bad saline Fisher received came from a company named Wallcur.

The suit claims minutes after he received the Wallcur saline at the clinic, Fisher's heart rate went up, his blood pressure dropped and there was external bleeding. It goes on to say he was admitted to the ICU at Our Lady of the Lake as a result of severe infection, where he stayed for eight days.

"This is not acceptable," said Unglesby. "According to the FDA, some of this material was never intended to be for humans. It was experimental ... and not biologically appropriate."

They say that left Fisher with damaged organs and more.

"I'm still dealing with illnesses ... sores, still unable to get my strength back, to get body weight back on," said Fisher.

Fisher says he has been fit all his life, training six times a week in the gym and he was two weeks away from his first crossfit competition. Now he says it's a struggle to lift a 10 pound weight.

"I worked for years to get physically fit and I was at the prime of my life and in eight days, it was taken from me."

Of the seven affected states, the FDA says most hospitals were unaware the solution in the Wallcur bags was different from the usual saline.

In January, Wallcur recalled that saline, after learning it was used in hospitals on real patients. They have said they only sell their simulated saline to medical schools, for clinical simulations only and are unsure how their bags made it to clinics and hospitals.

"When they foul up and they hurt somebody really bad, they need to pay for it," said Unglesby.

Fisher's lawsuit seeks answers and compensation for medical bills, past and future.

"I still have drains. I have oozing. Wellness care I have to participate in. Muscles that are hurting and I have to go to therapy weekly for."

Fisher says what he fears now is the unknown - how long he'll be dealing with the effects and what more could happen. He says there is also a fear of being back in medical setting where he'll need an IV.

He says doctors have told him he will need treatment for the scarring on his skin and therapy for at least the next year.

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