1 Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center is now known
January 22, 2008
DEVONNA BEARD, Special Administrator ) Appeal from the
of the Estate of Vernestine Hudgins ) Circuit Court of
Deceased, ) Cook County.
JOHN T. BARRON and RUSH- )
PRESBYTERIAN-ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER, ) No. 01 L 014065
(Hesham Hassaballa, ) The Honorable
) Deborah Mary Dooling,
Defendant). ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
On November 4, 1999, Vernestine Hudgins died of renal
failure associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a painful
condition where large blisters form on the skin caused by a
hypersensitive reaction to medication. Her daughter, the
plaintiff Devonna Beard, filed suit against Hudgins's
cardiologist, Dr. John T. Barron, and Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke's Medical Center (Rush)1 through its agents, Dr. Hesham