New Hampshire Woman Sues Hospital & Doctors for $5 Million
A woman formerly from New Hampshire is suing two doctors and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua for $5 million alleging they failed to diagnose and treat her bacterial meningitis which left her permanently disabled, reports The Telegraph.
On January 10, 2008, the woman went to the emergency room after suffering for three days with vomiting, headache and fever. She was treated for an ear infection and sent home. With worsening symptoms, she returned to the hospital two days later. The second time she also had hearing loss, altered mental state, and difficulties walking. Her lawsuit states even though a CT scan and other tests suggested something serious was wrong, the doctor diagnosed her with stress and a sinus infection and sent her home.
She returned to the hospital two more times before she was given a spinal tap which showed she was suffering from two life-threatening conditions. Another CT scan showed she had spinal fluid building up in her brain.
She was admitted to intensive care where her condition continued to deteriorate and she suffered two strokes which left her paralyzed on her left side and unable to swallow.
She remained in the hospital until April 1 and then she was transferred to another facility for continued therapy. She now has very limited use of her left arm, hand and leg, needs constant care, is permanently disabled and unable to return to work as a successful kitchen designer.
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