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Tag Archives: Misdiagnosis

Mother of four dies after hospital misdiagnoses heart condition (access required)

A mother of four young children died of heart complications after being misdiagnosed during several visits to the same hospital, according to the attorneys who helped her husband win a six-figure verdict in McDowell County Superior Court. The defense is appealing the decision. William H. Elam (pictured) and his son William R. Elam of Elam & Rousseaux in Charlotte sued two doctors and a physician assistant at McDowell Hospital in Marion, alleging that they bungled the treatment of Aziza Katy and caused her tragic death. A jury awarded Katy’s estate $667,000 in September, and the defense filed an appeal Dec. 12.

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Hospital settles suit for failing to diagnose ‘Valley Fever’ (access required)

When Thanh Cong Le visited his family in San Jose, Calif., in late 2006, he had no idea he may have been exposed to fungal spores that cause coccidioidomycosis, a lung disease known as "Valley Fever." He felt ill enough on his return home to western North Carolina that he sought treatment at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. After he died of the disease, the hospital recently settled with his estate, according to Asheville attorney Jay Kerr. "The major significance of this case involves the corporate negligence theories we advanced and supported with evidence, and which the jury clearly based its verdict upon," he said.

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