My 75 year old mother went into a Texas hospital and had AAA surgery on Feb. 15 2010. Surgery went well and she began post-op recovery. She made it to rehab at the hospital on March 5, still having the main line IV in the right side of her neck she had had since the surgery. Almost immediately after entering rehab she began to feel ill, had severe pain in her right shoulder, developed sight problems, then mental confusion on March 6 and 7. She was readmitted to hospital on March 9 and quickly moved to ICU where she went into shock and doctors diagnosed fungal sepsis, caused by candida infection. She died on March 10. Do I have any hope of getting any relief via a malpractice lawsuit or any other avenue for what happened to my mother? I think they were slow to ID/treat the infection.On steroid therapy. Strong antibios after surg. Some elev WBC in 3 wks before sepsis. Strong antibios with steroids compromised immunity? Docs should have known, been on alert for infect. Mar 6 or Mar 7, neck IV finally removed. Someone at hosp said yeast found at IV site. Had given nutrients through that IV earlier in her hosp stay. If yeast found, should have immed been put under intensive treatment to stop yeast. Did not happen. Rehab doc thought polymyalgia flaring up. Nurses thought nothing of her condition, said patients have their ups and downs. Knew from speaking to mom that something was very wrong with her on Mar 7. Began to vomit and confusion increased. Told my fears to IM doc, who downplayed my wish to have her readmitted to hosp saying, "we can monitor her from here," i.e. from rehab. Mar 8 she had trouble breathing. She was kept in rehab. Moved to PCU Mar 9. PCU quickly had her moved to ICU. Now IM doc said cultures showed fungal sepsis and mom was in septic shock.
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