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Failure to diagnose meningitis lead to brain injuries.


Posted on Aug 31, 2013

An interesting medical malpractice of failing to diagnose miningitis case is underway in our neighboring state, Massachusetts. recently.  A mother from Lowell is suing her daughter's former doctor, insisting a misdiagnosis of meningitis that left her now-15-year-old daughter brain damaged.

Stacy claims that she took her daughter Amber to the Greater Lowell Pediatrics Center to be treated in August 2005. Her regular doctor was away on maternity leave, so Amber was seen by a different doctor. 

The doctor told Stacy that her child was probably suffering from allergies.  She said that she rule out meningitis.  However, it was later discovered that the doctor dad written in Amber's medical record that she suspected viral meningitis, but did not perform a spinal tap.  She gave her a prescription for Flonase, and that was it. While in the office, Stacy asked if any other tests could be done and the doctor said that they weren't necessary. Stacy also asked specifically asked the doctor to take a blood sample in case Amber had meningitis, but the doctor said she ruled out the disease.

I turned out that the child did have a serious case os meningitis.  

Two days after that appointment, Amber had a seizure, suffered a stroke, and fell into a coma. The doctors at Lowell General Hospital discovered Amber's meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the brain tissue caused by an infection traveling through the blood stream to the brain, and if left untreated, it can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. Amber woke up from her coma three weeks later with brain damage that will not allow her to function above a child's level for the rest of her life. It is estimated that Amber's bill for her lifelong care will be more than $14 million.

If you or anyone you know has suffered a serious life changing injury from medical malpractice in Connecticut, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888 717 4211.

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