A 7-Month-Old's Meningitis Misdiagnosis and Medical Nightmare

The Saldo Law Group has recently taken on the heartbreaking case of a young girl, less than a year old, who doctors failed to promptly diagnose with meningitis.

This story begins some hours before the girl’s first visit to the emergency department when she began displaying signs of meningitis including respiratory distress, fever, tachycardia, and inactivity. Despite her symptoms, the doctors did not run a single diagnostic test. On this first day, she was incorrectly diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. Instead of receiving the antibiotics that she desperately needed, she was sent home and told to take children's Motrin and Tylenol.

Her condition continued to get worse. She was brought back to the hospital the next day with symptoms including seizures, unresponsiveness, sleep apnea, vomiting, and tachycardia. While she was noted to be in a state of post seizure, the emergency department still did not run a single diagnostic test. Again, she was discharged, this time with an incorrect diagnosis of viral gastroenteritis. Again, she was prescribed children's Motrin and yet again, her symptoms continued to get worse.

The following day, she returned to the hospital displaying little movement, no normal strength, and would vomit whenever she was fed. The doctors finally ran medical tests and made the correct diagnosis of meningitis. Unfortunately for our client, the diagnosis came too late to prevent substantial, permanent injury. She will not be able to care for herself for the rest of her life.

Meningitis can be a terribly destructive condition and any delay in treatment can put a patient at great risk for permanent injury. As we push forward in our client’s case, we will continue to fight hard to uphold the young girl’s rights and secure the justice that she deserves.

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