Ohio University Sued Over Flesh-Eating Infection Misdiagnosis

Ohio University Sued Over Flesh-Eating Infection MisdiagnosisAn Ohio woman who allegedly caught a flesh-eating infection during her first weeks on campus as a freshman at Ohio University has re-filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the school's Hudson Health Center, which allegedly misdiagnosed her.

Molly Millsop claims she first became ill in September 2007, and visited the Hudson Health Center for treatment, according to the Dayton Daily News. She told staff there that she was suffering from fever, body aches, shortness of breath and severe pain in her right arm, and she was misdiagnosed with a sore throat and muscle strain, the complaint alleges.

Unsatisfied with this diagnosis, Millsop's family drove her to a hospital emergency room, where she was quickly diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, and her right arm and shoulder were amputated to save her life, the medical malpractice lawsuit states. 

According to the news source, the lawsuit was first filed in 2009 but then voluntarily dismissed with the stipulation that the Millsops would be re-filing it within a year.

According to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation, the disease occurs when a virulent strain of Strep A (the bacteria responsible for strep throat) attacks subcutaneous tissue. A 1996 Centers for Disease Control report finds that between 500 and 1,500 cases of the infection occur annually, of which 20 percent are fatal.