GRETNA – A Mandeville woman is suing a doctor she claims failed to properly diagnose and treat her breast cancer over a four year period.

Sara Puglia filed suit against John Ellis Hevron Jr. M.D. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 12. Puglia claims that she first visited Hevron concerning a lump in her breast in 2005 and that he did not do any in-depth medical testing on the area until 2009 when the lump was found to be cancerous. The plaintiff alleges the delayed treatment led to more invasive surgery than what would have been needed if she had received more timely care. Due to the delay in treatment for the cancer Puglia asserts that she has had to undergo multiple surgeries including lumpectomies and a double mastectomy, as well as hormone therapy treatment.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly treat, failing to timely treat, failing to monitor the plaintiff’s condition and recommend interventions, failing to recommend surgical consultation although the plaintiff complained about the condition over a long period of time, failing recommend surgical consultation when the mass was confirmed by radiology and failing to otherwise properly manage the plaintiff’s care.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental pain and suffering, physical pain and suffering, accrual of unnecessary medical costs, other out of pocket costs and loss of chance of a better outcome.

Puglia is representing herself.

The case has been assigned to Division O Judge Ross P. LaDart.

Case no. 721-977.

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