Five-Hour ER Wait Made Amputations Necessary, Suit States

Five-Hour ER Wait Made Amputations Necessary, Suit States  A California couple has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and several of its emergency room workers, claiming they waited for medical care for their daughter for five hours, during which time her condition dramatically deteriorated.

Ryan Jeffers and Leah Vang took their toddler, Malyia, to the Methodist Hospital in Sacramento because the girl was allegedly suffering from fever, skin discoloration and weakness, the Sacramento Bee reports. The couple's medical malpractice lawsuit states that they waited five hours for treatment, during which time the girl got sicker and hospital workers allegedly denied care. As a result of the delay, the girl's Streptococcus A infection progressed, and it was necessary to amputate parts of all four of the child's limbs, according to the suit.

"We hope that [Malyia's] lawsuit will convince emergency rooms in Sacramento to do a better job treating our seriously ill children and make health care in our city safer for all of us," the family's medical malpractice attorney said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a bacterium commonly found in the throat and on the skin. When it is isolated to these parts of the human body, it usually causes either no illness or relatively mild conditions like "strep throat." When GAS ends up in the organs or the blood, it causes invasive GAS disease, which carries a fatality rate of 10 to 15 percent.