Kiersten Sparger underwent a lumbar laminoplasty performed by Dr. Bakhtiar Yamini, an employee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. The procedure took place on March 30, 2015.
On April 27, 2015, Dr. Yamini saw Kiersten again because her wound was leaking spinal fluid. Dr. Yamini instructed his staff to “overstitch” the wound. Dr. Yamini informed Kiersten and her father, Jeff Sparger, that she could not be admitted to the hospital due to a nursing strike. A pouch developed at the wound site and Kiersten was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center on May 13, 2015 with a fever and significant neck pain. Dr. Yamini surgically repaired the leak. However, Kiersten developed infectious meningitis and suffered cognitive damage.
Jeff Sparger, on behalf of his daughter Kiersten, filed suit against Dr. Yamini and the University of Chicago Medical Center.