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LIMA — A local businessman who lost part of a leg after heart surgery is suing the medical providers he said played a role in his care.

Tim DeHaven and his wife, JoAnn DeHaven, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court, seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are: Dr. Farzin Fotouhi, Ohio Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Catholic Health Partners, Dr. Prabhakar Parsa, Anesthesia Associates of Lima, Dr. David Imler, Kidney and Hypertension Associates, Dr. Sreenivasa Chanamolu, Dr. Marc Rovner, The Center for Pulmonary Medicine, St. Rita’s Professional Services, Dr. Solomon Beraki and Midwest Infectious Disease.

St. Rita’s spokeswoman Linda Chartrand released the following statement: “We sympathize with Mr. DeHaven and his family and we continue to be open to communication with them. Unfortunately, even the best care does not always result in the desired outcome.”

Here’s what the lawsuit said happened:

Tim DeHaven, of DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace, said he was admitted to St. Rita’s Medical Center on Sept. 6, 2011, by Fotouhi to undergo minimal invasive mitral valve repair surgery. Parsa was the anesthesiologist.

Following the surgery, DeHaven developed breathing problems, which required ventilation and additional care. He then developed numerous other complications, including problems with his liver and kidneys.

Doctors failed to identify a source of infection, and DeHaven’s condition continued to deteriorate. He developed problems with his lower left leg, multiple fingers and toes, leading to the amputation of his lower left leg Sept. 29, 2011.

DeHaven’s family asked that he be transferred out of St. Rita’s on Oct. 17, 2011, to The Ohio State University Medical Center. Shortly afterward, DeHaven needed additional amputations of fingertips and toes.

He said the parties he is suing were negligent in his care. He also said they failed to discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery and failed to adequately diagnose, assess and treat his condition.

DeHaven said he had extreme discomfort, emotional distress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life and a financial burden. He expects future medical expenses.

JoAnn DeHaven said her husband’s injuries have been hard on her, too. She has suffered emotional and psychological trauma. She, too, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

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