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Failure to Diagnose Baby's Meningitis Causes Death

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I read a tragic story about a nine month old baby boy in England who died after his doctor failed to timely diagnose him with meningitis.  The doctor and ambulance personnel dismissed his condition as chicken pox or 'a bad case of nappy rash.'  The parents called another ambulance and their son was hospitalized, but it was too late. 

He died a few hours later of meningitis.  We all read too often about tragic cases, just like this one, where parents entrust the health and lives of their children to medical professionals, only to have a wrong diagnosis or a misdiagnosis that leads to a tragic result.  Of course, not all bad outcomes are the result of medical malpractice, but studies show the number of deaths resulting from medical malpractice are much greater than even reported.

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