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A fairly common medical treatment has led to a series of lawsuits, including one against a Fresno hospital because it’s blamed for a man losing three of his four limbs.

Keith Rickelman’s life changed quickly in May 2020.

He got married May 1 and was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital a few days later when he needed heart surgery.

“As a result of going in for heart surgery, he ended up being a triple amputee,” said Rickelman’s attorney Warren Paboojian. “Not because of the heart surgery, but because of the drug that was given to him called Heparin.”

Paboojian filed a malpractice lawsuit against St. Agnes and seven of its employees. He says medical staff used the common blood thinner Heparin.


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