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Misdiagnosis leads to woman suffering a stroke

A 33-year old woman reported to the emergency room with intense headaches and had a blood pressure reading of 204/97. However, after a doctor misdiagnosed a hemorrhagic stroke as a migraine, the woman soon after woke up paralyzed and unable to speak. Six years after the accident she still needs help dressing and walking.

It would be a mistake for anyone in the Pennsylvania area to believe that this kind of doctor's error could not affect them. A delayed diagnosis or an error during a routine procedure can be extremely common ways in which medical malpractice takes place.

It's also common to underestimate the trauma that can be caused by a medical mistake. The woman mentioned above is only now learning how to write with her left hand and needs assistance with everyday tasks. Her two children witnessed the stroke and were convinced that their mother was going to die right in front of them.

Besides the high blood pressure reading, there were many things that should have alerted the doctor to her condition. The woman had received strong doses of steroids for treating her multiple sclerosis that can cause high blood pressure. Her brain was likely already bleeding when she saw the doctor, but he instead sent her home with pain medication.

Unfortunately, due to the misdiagnosis the woman spent most of the first month after the stroke in a wheelchair. Even today her children have to help their mother walk. We are speaking of a young woman whose hobbies included inline skating and cycling. She hopes to someday return to being physically active, but she mostly has to satisfy herself watching her children play sports while she remains in a wheelchair.

Source:, "Fort Collins woman wins $3.9M malpractice suit against former PVH doctor," April 20, 2012

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