The U.S. government must pay $8.6 million in damages because a military doctor at Scott Air Force Base failed to diagnose a case of flesh-eating bacteria according to a federal magistrate judge’s ruling.
The former wife of an Air Force captain, testified that she sought treatment at the base hospital emergency room for pain and swelling in her right arm in 2002.
According to court documents, the doctor was concerned the woman was a drug addict wanting a prescription, advised her to go home and take Motrin.
A month later, the situation got progressively worse and the woman was taken to the emergency room. The woman was then diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a strep infection that decays soft tissue.
The Federal Magistrate wrote in a decision Nov. 25 that the woman complained about her arm and the doctor overlooked it.
The woman’s attorney, filed suit in 2005 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. A bench trial was held earlier this year.
The disease has virtually destroyed the woman’s arm, according to court documents.
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