Amputee suing hospital for malpractice

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Updated: 11/16/2012 6:52 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man whose hands and legs were amputated is suing a hospital for medical malpractice.

The Sacramento Bee (http://sacb.ee/ZFeOnB ) says 48-year-old Robert Downey blames the loss of his hands and limbs on Sutter Memorial Hospital, saying doctors failed to diagnose and treat him for an MSSA infection.

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus is typically treatable with antibiotics if caught early.

During a Thursday news conference announcing the lawsuit, Downey lawyer Moseley Collins said the suit is designed to get Sutter Health to take responsibility and warn other hospitals about the consequences of malpractice.

Downey and his wife, Cheri, say the Sacramento hospital failed repeatedly to properly diagnose and treat the infection, even though their 11-year-old son had been treated for the similar infection at the hospital weeks earlier.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com


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