Woman Sues Hospital, Seven Doctors for Failing to Diagnose Tumor

Paralyzed woman sues hospital and seven doctors for failing to diagnose her tumorA 70-year-old Pennsylvania woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Mount Nittany Medical Center, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation and seven doctors for allegedly failing to diagnose a tumor on her spine in a timely manner.

Judith Meyers was allegedly admitted to the medical center in May 2009, complaining of abdominal pain and weakness, according to the Centre Daily Times. Doctors at the center allegedly monitored her over two weeks, repeatedly suggesting neurological testing, but never performing it, the lawsuit claims.

Meyers was reportedly moved to HealthSouth in June, where her symptoms progressed. Doctors at this institution also allegedly discussed neurological testing but never ordered any tests, the news provider reports.

The lawsuit claims that a doctor finally ordered an MRI in July when Meyers began to lose movement in her legs.

The MRI procedure allowed doctors to discover a tumor on the woman's spinal cord, and she allegedly needed to have it removed through a surgery that left her paralyzed. The medical malpractice lawsuit claims that if doctors had diagnosed her sooner, her paralysis would have been preventable.