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A not guilty verdict was declared in a $1.5 million law suit brought against a doctor over the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn daughter. It was alleged that the 36 ½ week pregnant woman and died soon after her baby died. It is claimed that she died from a cardiac arrest caused by a Group A streptococcus which is a rare uterine bacterial infection. The plaintiff claimed that the doctor misdiagnosed the woman's condition as the flu when she presented suffering from vomiting, contractions and high temperatures. It was found that the doctor's actions were not negligent and did what she had been trained to do with the symptoms that were presented. Even though, early antibiotics may have saved the woman and her baby, the doctor was not held responsible for misdiagnosing a very rare and difficult case.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Summit Daily News
About: Doctor found not negligent in 1.5 million lawsuit
Date: 7 February 2005
Source: Summit Daily News
Author: Nicole Formosa
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