Girl Dies from Misdiagnosis, Family Sues
The family of a two-year-old girl who died because of a hospital’s misdiagnosis is suing the New Mexico hospital, accusing them of failing to detect her meningitis, and failing to provide adequate care.
“Our main goal with the whole thing, with the whole thing bringing it to light,” Andrea Vielleux, Mother of the dead girl, said, “is that this doesn’t happen to anyone else … I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through this. The pain is just terrible.”
Andrea Vielleux knew something was seriously wrong with her daughter when she started convulsing and choking. Vielleux took her to the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital emergency room on November 8 2005.
When the two arrived, the doctors examined McKenna and determined that she was suffering from seizures caused by her fever. They diagnosed her with a viral infection and sent her home.
But when her daughter’s symptoms worsened, and McKenna began to vomit, Vielleux took her back to the hospital early the next morning. This time, McKenna was hospitalized.
Vielleux seriously doubted that the hospital was doing enough from the beginning. “I remember calling my mom and telling her I feel I made the wrong choice because they stuck us in the corner and no one’s coming to see us,” she said.
Vielleux asked for a doctor, but nurses told her that there were none on duty. Her many requests to have her daughter’s sheets changed because she was soiling them frequently went unheeded until they finally gave her sheets and told her to replace the sheets herself.
“They just made it feel like she was a nobody,” Vielleux said.
Doctors tried to send her home once again, but this time, Vielleux wouldn’t let tem. “I had to beg the doctors to keep her … because I knew something was wrong,” she said.
The physicians eventually realized something was wrong and had her airlifted to an Albuquerque facility for specialized care.
“When I got there, [the doctor] said her condition was so debilitating they didn’t understand why they waited so long to bring her here,” Vielleux said.
The Albuquerque doctors told her that the paperwork the previous hospital had supplied made no sense and that they were dumbfounded they hadn’t examined her more closely.
The suit accuses two physicians – Maria Abad and Teicha Wilson – and the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital of failing to diagnose McKenna’s meningitis, not administering the proper tests, and failing to administer the proper medication.
At 4:30 p.m. on Novemeber 11, McKenna was pronounced dead. “As a proximate result of the negligence and malpractice by the defendants,” the suit says, “McKenna died prematurely and unnecessarily at the age of 2 years old.”
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