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$500,000 settlement for the parents of a baby who died of bacterial meningitis after treatment was delayed when a Bronx hospital initially failed to run bloodwork or other tests.

Plaintiffs, parents of a 4-month-old baby boy, brought their son to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx due to a high fever that persisted for a few days. Without doing blood tests, or examining the baby other than taking his temperature, the hospital discharged the family with a prescription of Tylenol. Due to continuing fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite, the parents brought their baby boy back to the hospital two days later. After waiting more than four hours there, the hospital doctor reluctantly agreed to do a blood test. Their baby boy was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and died a few days later due to the delay in treatment. We forced the hospital and its doctors to pay more than $500,000.

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