WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A local urgent care clinic in Louisiana misdiagnosed a man with the flu, he is now in critical condition.
- The test results show that he had tested negative for the flu, but positive for COVID-19.
- The man is currently under intensive care, being treated for double pneumonia and coronavirus.
Mark Frilot, 45 years old, from Louisiana had a slight fever on March 6. A few days after, he is in critical condition after doctors misdiagnosed him with the flu, report says.
Frilot sought medical attention on March 8 after seeing no improvements in his health condition. The local urgent care clinic issued a diagnostic opinion that he had caught the flu, from there, the clinic administered a flu test, prescribed a regimen of Tamiflu, the steroid prednisone and cough syrup with codeine.
He called the clinic again when the fever did not subside, but the doctors told him that this occasionally happens for patients on Tamiflu.
The continued deterioration of his health led him to decide to go to the emergency room, the report said. The clinic faxed over his paperwork, which revealed that the doctors had misdiagnosed him. The test results show that he had tested negative for the flu.
The outraged wife questions the medical malpractice on the part of the local clinic, “How does it happen?”, she asks.
The attending doctors agreed to have him tested for COVID-19 given his symptoms, this test, later on, came back positive for the virus. Frilot is currently under intensive care, being treated for double pneumonia and coronavirus. The hospital sedated the patient, now on a ventilator so his lungs could rest.
“A lot of people don’t get to this point — their body fights it off,” his wife said. “But not everybody.”
His wife now encourages people to stay indoors and isolate themselves amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
“It could happen to anybody,” she told the news outlet. “That’s all I’m trying to say.”
Source: New York Post