The facts of this case (Woman Misdiagnosed With HIV Gets Millions) are unclear. It may be Munchausen’s syndrome, with the woman claiming falsely to have AIDS, or a sloppy doctor who didn’t bother to check the old records, or both.Â In any event, it is a good argument for thorough, portable, personal health records.
A jury awarded $2.5 million in damages Wednesday to a woman who receivedÂ HIV treatments for almost nine years before discovering she never actually hadÂ the virus that causes AIDS.
In her lawsuit against a doctor who treated her, Audrey Serrano said theÂ powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments,Â including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite andÂ inflammation of the intestine.[Dr.] Lai testified last week that Serrano told her she had worked as aÂ prostitute, her partner had AIDS, and that she had suffered three bouts of aÂ type of pneumonia typically associated with those infected by the virus.
Serrano has denied she had ever been a prostitute. She confirmed thatÂ her former boyfriend tested positive for HIV/AIDS, but disputed the claim thatÂ she told the doctor that she had suffered bouts of Pneumocystis pneumonia.
Lai testified that she had no reason to question Serrano’s originalÂ diagnosis at another clinic because Serrano convinced her she had HIV when sheÂ took her personal history, and her blood had abnormal amounts of cells used toÂ fight infections.
Thanks to Mickey.December 13, 2007