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My Daughters Story

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 7, 2008
  • 08:44 AM

My daughter was 21 years old and on Nov.17 2006 she was taken by ambulance to the er for a seziure which she never had before. Her symtoms also included fever, vomitting headache, confusion. lowerlevel of counciousnessnumness in legs and arms. The er Dr. did blood work a x-ray and ct scan. SAid he was sure it was not meningitis so was no need for further observation other tests or to call a nerologist . He diagnoised her with seziure disorder said to follow up with a nerologist in a few months for a eeg and released her.The next day I took her to the nearest clinic as it was a weekend and she was still very sick. The clinic Dr. reviewed her hospital chartdid some blood work and told us her white count was still high but was not meningitis but just a flu and nothing to worry about. He gave her a shot for her head ache and for vomitting and released her. That night she was again taken by ambulance to another er where a lumbar puncture was performed. It was possitive foe viral meningitis as well as herpes simplex enephalitis. My daughter responded at first and the doctors were hope full that the treatment was in time. Buy on the 22 she went into cardiac arrest and life support was with drawn the next day. The dept of health investigated my complaint and found tha the er dr would not have actions taken. They found that the clinic Dr. DID NOT provide my daughter proper health care. Because he agreed to the stipulations he was fined !00o dollars has to take a education class on this disease and write a assay on what he learned by this. How sad that we intrust these doctors to provide proper health care and to ensure every effort is made for recovery and when they do not we are left with devestating results. My daughter died due to there neglagence and the er doctor is not sanctioned and the clinic dr. only has to write a assay. Some thing is wrong in the way that these agenicies review these cases and until it changes and these doctors be held accountable for their actions we are all at risk. The first er hospital where she was misdiagnoised did a review.I was told that the er doctors that work there are not employed by them . However they did review my complaint and sais that they would better educate on the symtoms of this disease. I thought that er doctors were schooled in learning the symtoms and providing proper testing for disease as in this case a unexplained neurological symtom such as a seziure should under go a lumbar puncture to rule out the possibility of meningitis and not just make a guess that it is seziure disorder. The sad thing is that these doctors are still practicing with a lilicence in this case i feel they gave them a licence to kill

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