University of Chicago Settles Med Mal Claim For $32 Million
University of Chicago Settles Med Mal Claim For $32 Million. Eleven-year-old Ashanti Norals loss all of her limbs due to the University of Chicago Medical Center delayed in over 24 hours of treating the eleven year old when she was admitted on 23 May 2011. In May of 2011, Ashanti banged her knee while at school, a few days later she complained of fever and could not put any weight on her leg.
Her mother took her to the University of Chicago Medical Center were doctors admitted her. Hospital records indicated that at the hospital admitted her she had fever of 100 degrees, over the next 24 hours her fever elevated. Also, her blood work indicated a high white blood count meaning she was fighting an infection. The delay in treatment resulted in gangrene, sepsis and ultimately amputation of her arms and legs.
The thirty-two million dollar settlement will help provide Ashanti with a fully handicapped-accessible home, pay for a personal assistant for the remainder of her life, and enable her to purchase the necessary medical equipment such as wheelchairs and prosthesis.
You can read more about Ashanti’s story here.