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Misdiagnoised Viral Mengitis And Herpes Simplex Enephalitis

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  • Posted By: Cheri Morey
  • November 11, 2008
  • 11:46 PM

My Daughter was 21 years old and on Nov. 17, 2006 She was taken to Good Sam hospital er by ambulance. She was having a seziure which she had never had before, Her symtoms also included Fever Vomitting, Confusion, Lower level of consioussness and numbness in arms and legs The Er doctor did blood work a x-ray and CT scan.He told us that he was sure it was not meningitis because he had been doing it for 25 years. So he said there was no reason to do a lumbar puncture or keep her for further observation, Diagnoised her with seziure disorder told us to follow up with a nerologist within a few months for a eeg and released her.The next day I took her to the nearest clinic as she was still very sick. The Dr. there reviewed her hospital chart did blood work and said her white count was still high. He said that he was sure it was not meningitis but just a flu and nothing to worry about. Gave her a shot for her headache and vomitting and released her. That night my daughter was taken to another Er by ambulance. They performed a lumbar puncture which was possitive for Viral Meningitis and Herpes Simplex Enchalphits. My daughter responded at first but on the 22 she went into cardiac arrest and life support was withdrawn the next day. How sad that we intrust these doctors to provide proper medical care and to do everything possible for recovery and when they do not we are left with devistating results. After educating myself on this disease I found out that a patient with her syntoms should of had a lumbar puncture to rule out the possibility of meningitis espically in a patient of her age who is vulnerable for this disease. I thought that is why we go to Er rooms as these doctors are supposed to be educated on doing proper testing to make the right diagnoises. I made a complaint with the Dept. Of health that concluded unless I could provide more evidence on the er doctor no actions were taken. I appealed but was denied. They found that the clinic doctor DID NOT provide my daughter proper care but because he agreed to the stipulations he has to pay a 1000 fine to the state take a education class and write a assay on what he learned by this. My daughter died because of their negligence and nothing happens to the er doctor and the clinic dr only has to write a assay. I also contacted Good Sam Hospital and they told me that he is a independant employer so they really could not do anything but to better educate their doctors on this disease, They should of been educated to begin with and I am not sure why this hospital would still want this doctor to remain practicing at their Er room as they are endangering other patients with his practice, Something is terribly wrong with the way these doctors are investigated and until it changes and they are held more accountable for their actions we are all at risk. These doctors still hold a license to practice medicine in this case I feel they gave them a license to KILL. My daughter deserved to have a medical doctor who could provide her proper care as in the disease she had requires promt medication for chance of recovery and these doctors denied her that and a right to LIVE HER NAME IS JESSECA MOREY I hope her story can save someone eleses life
MISSING MY DAUGHTER

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  • So sorry about your daughter. I hope you have talked with a lawyer about suiing the ER doctor; I'm sure your lawyer will inform you that the hospital also has liablity. Be sure to see one within a year. I know herpes is discounted as a fairly benign disease, but in fact, I believe it is responsible for more than its share of chronic diseases, unidentified and nerve damage, causing many neurological diseases. An initial case can do exactly this type of damage. Sorry for your loss; I hope your lawyer can provide some type of closure of responsibility for this.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 06:32 AM
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  • So sorry about your daughter. I hope you have talked with a lawyer about suiing the ER doctor; I'm sure your lawyer will inform you that the hospital also has liablity. Be sure to see one within a year. I know herpes is discounted as a fairly benign disease, but in fact, I believe it is responsible for more than its share of chronic diseases, unidentified and nerve damage, causing many neurological diseases. An initial case can do exactly this type of damage. Sorry for your loss; I hope your lawyer can provide some type of closure of responsibility for this. Dear Monsterlove. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my daughters story.I hope very much that somehow this doctor be accountable foe his actions.and providing justice for my daughter Jesseca. I also hope that her story can save another life.By ensuring that doctors like this cannot practice medicine unyil they are educated enough to work in a Er.and provide the medical treatment nessassary so patients are correctly diagnoised and treatment is not delayed. Cheri
    Cheri Morey 1 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 09:53 PM
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  • Sorry to hear about your loss. I am going through similiar things and I think that If you are concerned that you or somebody you love might have something and you express these concerns to the doctors and show syptoms to back up your concerns then the doctors should look into it.I have a similiar problem, and Meningitis has been a thought. I have constant cranial pressure and headaches everyday. I have been diagnosed with sinus infection, before that it took 6 months just to get an Xray for that, and that is only because I told them that I had an Xray and the ER about over a year before showing some sinus inflammation. Hoping that maybe they would finally do something to relieve my pain and they gave me an Xray of my sinus area, said I had an infection. well it has been treated twice since then and I still have the pain and pressure, and I am also confused at times and sunlight bothers me, even when in the past it hasn't. So, I have thought about a brain tumor, Menengitis, but since they found something in my sinuses I think maybe a sinus infection that just does not heal or cancer in my sinus cavity. I don't know but I do know something is terribly wrong. I think that If I could just get an CT scan or MRI that would definately rule out the worst case senarios, but it seems like the doctors want to do as little as possible so they can have you out of their hair and get paid for their neglegence. I feel as if I have been in pain that could have been prevented and maybe in the future I will have irreversable damage, or if continues to go untreated far worse.
    Mike1981 1 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 03:26 PM
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  • i too have been sick going from er to er not finding out what was wrong. terribly headaches. difficulty swallowing, fevers eye pain. after going to an infectious disease doctor found out i had herpes simplex 1. i still feel terrible and my forehead is swelling, my eyes are so swollen. think it is the virus in my sinsues. going back to doctor. hope you feel better soonSorry to hear about your loss. I am going through similiar things and I think that If you are concerned that you or somebody you love might have something and you express these concerns to the doctors and show syptoms to back up your concerns then the doctors should look into it.I have a similiar problem, and Meningitis has been a thought. I have constant cranial pressure and headaches everyday. I have been diagnosed with sinus infection, before that it took 6 months just to get an Xray for that, and that is only because I told them that I had an Xray and the ER about over a year before showing some sinus inflammation. Hoping that maybe they would finally do something to relieve my pain and they gave me an Xray of my sinus area, said I had an infection. well it has been treated twice since then and I still have the pain and pressure, and I am also confused at times and sunlight bothers me, even when in the past it hasn't. So, I have thought about a brain tumor, Menengitis, but since they found something in my sinuses I think maybe a sinus infection that just does not heal or cancer in my sinus cavity. I don't know but I do know something is terribly wrong. I think that If I could just get an CT scan or MRI that would definately rule out the worst case senarios, but it seems like the doctors want to do as little as possible so they can have you out of their hair and get paid for their neglegence. I feel as if I have been in pain that could have been prevented and maybe in the future I will have irreversable damage, or if continues to go untreated far worse.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 04:39 PM
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  • The ER doctor in this case holds equal if not most of the responsibility. The fact that the clinic doctor did not order the LP is a problem and it seems the state delt with that. the fact that the state did not revoke his license is going to be a problem. Ifthe state did an investigation and he was not convicted of anything nor hislicense revoked then that says the state does not hold him accountable for her death. However, there is hope...The ER doctor has not been investigate by the state and relinqueshed of any wrong doing as the clinic provider basically has. I would strongly suggest pursuing the ER doctor independently as he would have had to have malpractice liability outside of the hospital. He is the at fault provider for not ording the proper tests on her first visit to the ER. If this goes to trial you stand a better chance with him as the fact is he saw your daughter first. The clinic provider was secondary although there is some fault there speaking from a legal backside, I would find the doctor and pursue his negligence. Things to consider. what were the discharge instructions for the ER if her case worsened? What did the records say that the clinic provider reviewed? They will cross exam why you took her to a clinic over the hospital if symptons worsened.In my opinio your case is with the ER. I am terribly sorry for your loss and I hope this helps you. The fact that time is running out mean you need to locate the doctor and take action. Good Sams is slowing, that's all.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2009
    • 02:06 PM
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  • i too have been sick going from er to er not finding out what was wrong. terribly headaches. difficulty swallowing, fevers eye pain. after going to an infectious disease doctor found out i had herpes simplex 1. i still feel terrible and my forehead is swelling, my eyes are so swollen. think it is the virus in my sinsues. going back to doctor. hope you feel better soonI do hope that all works out for you. My cousin just got diagnosed with what the first woman shared. His brain was swelling, please go back and see. If your forehead is swelling, that cannot be good. I don't knowyou, but I will pray for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2010
    • 08:23 PM
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  • Sorry about your loss. My mother was misdiagnosed with a stroke in 2007. My sister and I (who lived in Florida) came to KY to Western Baptist in Paducah. We kept trying to get the attending and neurologist to order a lumbar puncture and to get an infectious disease consult. No luck on the infectious disease consult but a lumbar puncture was done on the day of her dismisal. We were told to follow up with the neurologist but we told him that we were taking her to Florida where we both lived and would follow his orders there and that all of medical records would be faxed to the the new Dr. All records were sent except for the lumbar puncture. I did not receive a copy of those results until after Christmas of 2007 and the test was performed in the middle of October. The initial results suggested 1 of 2 things. A positive test for viral encaphalitus due to a high number of white blood cells in the CSF or a poorly performed test which would have been needed to verify the truth of the study. In short, my dear mother went from a fit 66 year old grandmother to a late stage demetia patient that subsequently passed away from complications from the misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, no wrongful death suit could be filed because my sister and I moved her out of state even though we followed the directions to a tee. Basically the doctor did not give my mother a fighting chance and he will answer to his maker for that mistake!
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