Nearly every day, meningitis is misdiagnosed in New York hospitals, including Syracuse-area hospitals such as University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Crouse Hospital, Samaritan Medical Center, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Albany Medical Center. The failure to diagnose meningitis can have significant consequences, including loss of speech, hearing and, in some cases, limb loss and death.
Recently, the family of young boy recovered in a lawsuit brought a doctor and hospital for failing to diagnose meningitis. The boy lost his foot and most of his right hand. According to reports, the boy fell ill and presented to his pediatrician who, after a brief examination, diagnosed the infant with a stomach bug. A rash developed and, by the time the boy was transported to the hospital, he was suffering from advanced sepsis (blood poisoning). His kidneys failed and amputations began, starting with his right foot and ankle, as well as the thumb and two fingers on the boy’s right hand. The amputations were necessary to prevent the spread of gangrene.
According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, “meningitis can kill in hours.” For this reason, timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease is crucial.
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