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Failure to diagnose leaves 6 year old brain damaged, parents say

When your health is failing, you likely turn to Providence medical professionals to help guide you toward finding a diagnosis. Symptoms are studied, and blood tests, scans and biopsies are ordered with the aim of assisting a doctor in identifying the illness in a time-sensitive manner. The faster the diagnosis, the quicker you or a loved one can be healed.

Unfortunately, failure to diagnose a sickness within an appropriate amount of time is an all too common error. Sometimes patients are not given the proper medical attention that they need, and doctors act in a grossly negligent manner by failing to notice telltale signs of a major underlying illness.

Parents of a 6 year old girl claim that this is exactly what happened to their daughter, and why she was left brain damaged. According to a lawsuit filed against the treating hospital, among others, the child also lost one of her legs due to a delayed diagnosis of appendicitis. She is said to also have had several heart attacks while doctors worked to remove her appendix. The young girl’s parents, who filed the medical malpractice suit, claim her stomach contained 6 pints of pus as a result of the burst appendix. Legal professionals believe that the child’s future medical care will likely cost around $40 million.

Caring for a disabled loved one is a financially taxing burden. If a family member has suffered under the inattentiveness of a Rhode Island doctor, then speaking to someone about the multifaceted medical malpractice laws might help give you clarity on how to prepare for the future. 

Source: News West 9, “Midland Family Files Medical Malpractice Suit Against Midland Memorial Hospital,” July 29, 2013

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