Florida Hospital Sued by Multiple Amputee for Malpractice
In April 2007, an Orlando, Florida woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital for debilitating injuries she sustained after giving birth to her son in 2005. After the woman had her baby in April 2005, she contracted a form of bacterial streptococcus known as Strep A. Within two weeks, the bacterial infection had attacked the skin and muscle tissues on her arms and legs, causing gangrene to develop. In order to save her life, she underwent surgery to remove her limbs, leaving her a quadruple amputee.
One of the primary issues being argued in the case was the hospital’s inability to provide information regarding how and why the woman developed the infection. The hospital, citing patient privacy laws, was unable to respond to the woman’s requests for information with about whether any other patients either had or developed the Strep A bacterial infection while she was being treated in April 2005.
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