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Lawsuit: Las Vegas woman with flesh-eating bacteria waited 9 hours in ER

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A Las Vegas woman is suing a Southern Nevada surgeon and two facilities within the Valley Health System after a year-long battle with a flesh-eating bacteria.

In November 2019, Ashleigh Cope went in for a minor liposuction surgery at VIP Plastic Surgery in Henderson.

But quickly after, she endured pain and vomiting, when the clinic prompted her to visit the ER At Green Valley Ranch for further treatment, the complaint alleges.

At the emergency room, Cope was diagnosed with sepsis but was held for approximately nine hours before being transported to Henderson Hospital.

Her attorney, Matthew Hoffman Battle Born Injury Lawyers, says the free-standing emergency room did not contact the closest hospital, St. Rose Hospital which was six miles closer.

Upon arrival, Cope was directed to the emergency room due to a lack of availability at the hospital's intensive care unit floor, according to the complaint.

The two named medical personnel who treated the woman did not place a central line and did not her to a higher level of care, the complaint says.

Cope was ultimately transferred to the University Medical Center's Burn Unit where she underwent 18 surgeries.

"Thanks to the tremendous care by the staff at UMC, Cope is now out of the hospital," wrote her attorney.