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$3.25 Million | Misdiagnosed Fungal Infection

$3.25 Million | Misdiagnosed Fungal Infection

$3.25 Million for a 60-year-old husband and father admitted to a south side community hospital with a painful and swollen knee and thigh. After admission to the hospital the patient, Edward Harmon developed a hospital acquired pneumonia. It was presumed by the defendant, Tajudeen Ogbara, M.D., that the infection in Mr Harmon’s leg and the pneumonia were caused by the same bacteria. The pneumonia responded to antibiotics but the leg became worse despite multiple surgeries by defendant, Dr. James Davis, D.O., to cut out infected and dead tissue. After a time, the family decided to have Mr. Harmon transferred to the University of Chicago Hospital. On the day of admission, a fungal culture, not a bacterial culture, was done for the first time and it came back positive. Mr. Harmon was put on anti-fungals but the fungus had already reached his lungs. After a long downhill course, he died. Despite the defense’s contention that fungal infections are quite rare in this part of the country the family of Edward Harmon was awarded a $3.25 million settlement.