Doe was a toddler when taken to MetroSouth Medical Center suffering from a three-day history of fever, headache and eye symptoms. Doe had an elevated heart rate and blood pressure at the hospital. The child was allegedly discharged with a diagnosis of fever and ringworm with instructions to follow up with a pediatrician.
The child’s fussiness increased and he developed a swollen right eye, a cough and a cold. Two days later, a physician assistant (PA) allegedly diagnosed periorbital cellulitis and prescribed antibiotics. Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the eyelid or skin around the eye. It is an acute infection of the tissues surrounding the eye, which may progress to orbital cellulitis with protrusion of the eyeball.
Doe was found unresponsive that day. He was rushed to a hospital and diagnosed as having sepsis, subdural abscess, empyema (pus collection) and sinusitis. Doe then underwent emergency neurosurgery and other treatment. He now suffers from permanent brain damage.