Subscribe Today! Please read: Readers of local content on the Herald and News website – – will require a subscription beginning today. For the first few months, non-subscribers will still be able to view 10 articles for free. If you are not already a subscriber, now is a great time to join for as little as $10/month!

A local woman is suing Sky Lakes Medical Center for $750,000 after what she claims was a botched hysterectomy.

Twila Eastburn filed suit in Klamath County Circuit Court Wednesday against Sky Lakes as well as Heartfelt Obstetrics and Gynecology for complications encountered after a hysterectomy performed Dec. 30, 2013. Physicians Melissa Brunner and Raul Mirande are also listed as defendants.

Surgical clips

In her complaint, Eastburn alleges physicians failed to remove around 30 surgical clips from her body, which led to significant pain and poor health including kidney damage.

“By the time the surgical clips were discovered by other doctors, flesh had grown around them, making it impossible to safely remove all but one of the clips,” said the complaint.

Eastburn said she has yet to recover from damage caused by the surgical clips and must limit “normal and usual activities to avoid re-injury and aggravation.”

She is asking for $250,000 in present and future medical costs, and $500,000 for pain and suffering.

On Monday, Sky Lakes spokesman Tom Hottman said it is not the medical center’s policy to comment on pending litigation.