Last month, a medical misdiagnosis sparked a terrifying ordeal for the family of an Ottawa-area toddler. On July 20, Kemptville, Ontario’s Mandy Green noticed a small rash on the face of her son, Chase. The next day, she noticed a bull’s-eye patterned rash on the boy’s shoulder. She immediately suspected Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by tick bites.

Green immediately took her son to Kemptville District Hospital. During their wait, more rashes appeared and Green’s worries faded – she had never heard of Lyme disease causing multiple rashes, according to CBC Ottawa. She eventually took Chase home without treatment and administered allergy medication.

Chase’s condition worsened on July 22. The boy was feverish, lethargic, and complained about a sore head and neck. The family returned to the hospital, but doctors were unable to offer a diagnosis. They ordered blood tests, prescribed an antihistamine, and sent the boy home.

Chase’s condition continued to deteriorate the next day. A visit to his family doctor yielded no answers. By that afternoon, Chase was in considerable pain. Green decided to bring him to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. Doctors there quickly diagnosed him with disseminated Lyme disease with meningitis, an acute inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. He received intravenous antibiotics and, following a relapse, surgery to install a catheter so he could receive additional intravenous antibiotics at home.

Treating Lyme Disease

 When Lyme disease is identified early, it can generally be treated with simple antibiotics. When the diagnosis is delayed, it can affect the joints, heart, and nervous system causing severe headaches and neck aches, facial palsy, arthritis with joint pain, and heart palpitations. Chase’s mother believes her family’s ordeal was avoidable.

“It was a nightmare,” Mandy Green told CBC Ottawa, “it was awful, and it could have been prevented.”

Meningitis in Medical Malpractice

 Chase’s case illustrates how a simple medical misdiagnosis can turn a relatively minor condition into a painful ordeal. When left untreated, meningitis can cause serious long-term side effects including impaired hearing and vision, seizures, brain damage, and loss of limbs. For this reason, medical malpractice lawyers in Ontario are keenly in interested in cases where meningitis is misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late, particularly those involving children.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 If you or a member of your family have been injured as a result of a medical misdiagnosis, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn how our experienced team of medical malpractice lawyers can help.

Greg Neinstein

Greg Neinstein, B.A. LLB., is the Managing Partner at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers LLP. His practice focuses on serious injury and complex insurance claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, long-term disability claims and insurance claims. Greg has extensive mediation and trial experience and has a reputation among his colleagues as a skillful negotiator.
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