Family Suing Hospital & Doctor After 6-Year-Old Has Legs Amputated

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Maryland family is suing the Baltimore Washington Medical Center and one of its doctors after their son’s legs had to be amputated.

Mary Bubala reports it happened after he was seen at the hospital with a fever and a sore throat.

Last December, 6-year-old Eric Flynn had a high fever, swollen tonsils and hip pain.

His parents brought him to the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. They claim a doctor failed to give him a test for strep throat.

“When she mentioned that his tonsils were extremely swollen, I asked if she would do a strep and she said there was no need,” said Eric’s mother Darnell Boldon.

In a horrible turn of event, doctors had to amputate both Eric’s legs to save his life. The family claims an undiagnosed strep infection spread through his body, causing septic shock. They are suing the hospital, claiming a rapid strep test and antibiotics were all Eric needed.

“They discharged Eric with an erroneous and really a garbage bag diagnosis,” said H. Briggs Bedigan, family attorney.

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center released this statement:

“We first want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Eric Flynn and his family.  We applaud them for trying to educate other parents of the potential complications of advanced strep infections through media attention.  Eric’s symptoms were simply not consistent with or indicative of this very aggressive form of infection.”

Eric’s parents say their son was a star soccer player but is still very active.

“I wish I was as strong as him,” said his father Eric Flynn, Sr. “He doesn’t ask for help. He figures it out himself.”

The Flynn’s lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $30,000. State law caps settlement payouts at $655,000.

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  • Cheryl Zeun

    My Grranddaughter had viral phneomia in the blood stream, something that jusst a trip to the droctos cannot disgnose. Unfortunately, if not treated immediately, will lose limbs even possible death. Problem is the test takes a week to confirm, by then the damage has been done. Lucky for my granddaughter an emergency room Dr. had a hunch. He was correct! I know of other kids that were not as lucky. Again, to know that smeone has it in athe blood stream takes a week or more to confirm.

  • susan

    They drs. can do a rapid strep test. They can have the results in under 10 mins. The drs. also say to get your child tested for such things and even for menigitis (I know the word is misspelled) so no other children get infected or die, and so they go back on their word?

  • Phil

    That hospital is the arm pit of medical care! I would drive right past it if I had any type of emergency.

  • i lose

    I had a dr. almost kill me in surgery. Couldn’t sue cause it was a possible risk with the surgery. Are you kidding me? I now have half a bladder. Makes me sick that this family will settle out of court when I’m just as damaged and can’t get nothing.

  • Leigh Ann Erdman

    Just $30000? The hospitals and doctors need to take care of lifeline prothetic care for an adolescent child and any complications that may arise.

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