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A woman in New Zealand sought emergency hospital treatment after believing she had injured her neck at work. Extensive waiting time led her to seek help from a medical centre where neck strain was diagnosed. She was sent home but later died from meningococcal disease. The family claimed medical error at the Accident Compensation Corporation but failed. An appeal has acknowledged that there was an organizational error and the family may win the right to have the funeral costs paid for.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by New Zealand Herald
About: Misdiagnosed meningococcal disease leads to death
Date: 15 November 2004
Source: New Zealand Herald
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