Fungal Outbreak At Hospital Leads To Five Deaths

Fungal Outbreak At Hospital Leads To Five Deaths

According to recent legal news, a medical malpractice lawsuit has just been filed against a Louisiana hospital by a woman who learned from reading the newspaper that her son’s death had been caused by a fungal outbreak at the facility.

As this horrific case illustrates, while an infection and becoming ill is not something patients or their families should have to worry about when in the hospital - thousands of patients are injured or killed each year as the result of infections they develop from unsanitary conditions at medical facilities. If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a hospital acquired infections, we urge you to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney right away. A skilled San Diego attorney can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused harm to occur.

Here, the deadly outbreak led to five pediatric fatalities, and was spread through the use of soiled hospital linens. Although the outbreak and subsequent deaths occurred five years ago, hospital officials are just now informing families about what led these tragedies.

Officials have stated "Regrettably, it's become clear that, while we made an extraordinary effort to identify and contain this infection, we did not make an extraordinary effort to communicate with our families and disclose the nature of this illness … It's personally appalling to me that we find that some of the families are finding out that their child was involved in this outbreak by reading the newspaper."

According to one report, this is just how the mother of Tyrel Caden Gee, found out her son had died after coming in contact with the deadly fungus while in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital. He had a scratch near his groin that developed overnight into a major infection. While she always suspected he contracted something in the hospital, reports state, she was never informed that the illness was part of the outbreak.

Unfortunately, the incidence of hospital acquired infections is far greater than many suspect and can lead to significant, and deadly, harm. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a hospital infection, we urge you to contact our dedicated team of San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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