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Woman Sues Hospital over Flesh-eating Bacteria

A woman who had to have all four of her limbs amputated after acquiring a flesh-eating bacteria infection has filed a lawsuit for hospital mistakes against the hospital at which she was staying.

Claudia Mejias filed the lawsuit in state circuit court against South Seminole Hospital and its parent company, Orlando Regional Healthcare System Inc., along with two physicians, two midwives and a nurse. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

The Claim

According to the lawsuit, Mejia gave birth at South Seminole Hospital and developed an aggressive infection of streptococcus that was resistant to traditional forms of treatment.

The suit claims that the hospital failed to detect the early signs of the infection.

The hospital’s attorney claims the infection was not acquired at the hospital, but the suit is blaming the hospital and its staff only for not detecting and treating the infection effectively in a timely manner.

Once infected, Mejia went into shock and her kidneys began to fail. She developed gangrene in her limbs. Eventually, the doctors had to amputate all four of her limbs to save her life.

The Investigation

Mejia had previously sued the hospital to try to force it to disclose information about other patients at the hospital who had developed similar infections and medical problems.

She discovered that eight other patients were treated for the same type of infection in the 10 months leading up to her discharge in 2005, according to court documents.

Mejia was one of four patients treated for the infection at the hospital, but she is the only one who lost any limbs.

Five others were treated at the hospital’s Orlando campus.

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