Thursday, February 28, 2013

Medical Malpractice for Child Left with Brain Damage

Stacy Phillips daughter, Amber, age 15 suffered a stroke and fell into a coma in 2005. Amber awoke 3 weeks later at Childrens Hospital in Boston with brain damage. On behalf of her daughter, Stacy is suing her daughter’s former doctor for medical malpractice for misdiagnosing viral meningitis. In August 2005 at a checkup Dr. Michelle Lock told Phillips her daughter likely suffered from allergies and sent her home with the allergy medication Flonase. “Phillips said she asked the doctor if other tests could be done, but was allegedly told that no further tests were necessary. When Phillips asked Lock to take a blood sample in case Amber hand meningitis, Lock allegedly ruled out the disease.” According to medical records from the Greater Lowell Pediatrics office, Lock wrote in the medical file that she suspected viral meningitis, but did not perform a spinal tap. Two days later, Phillips found her daughter having a seizure and rushed her to Lowell General Hospital where doctors detected meningitis. After awaking from her coma, Amber needed to learn to walk, eat and speak again. “Phillips was told her daughter would not function above a child's level and will need assistance for the remainder of her life. In court documents, Dr. William Burke, a life-care planning expert, said that based on crude calculations Amber's lifelong care will cost more than $14 million.”