June 25, 2008
CONNIE LONGNECKER, Individually and as ) Appeal from the
Special Administrator of the Estate of ) Circuit Court of
CARL LONGNECKER, Deceased, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 02 L 007989
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, and )
SIRISH PARVATHANENI, M.D., ) The Honorable
) Irwin J. Solganick,
Defendants-Appellees. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
Connie Longnecker, individually and as special administrator
of the estate of her husband Carl Longnecker, filed suit against
Dr. Sirish Parvathaneni and Loyola Medical Center, after Mr.
Longnecker died following an unsuccessful heart transplant.
During the procedure, Mr. Longnecker received a diseased
"hypertrophic heart." He died four days later, never regaining
Dr. Parvathaneni acted as the "procuring" or "harvesting"
surgeon during the transplant. At trial, the plaintiff presented
two theories of liability: (1) Dr. Parvathaneni, as an agent of