A young man loses his life to Lyme carditis and a tragic misdiagnosis.
Northern Light Mercy Hospital and one of their doctors have been ordered to pay $6.5 million to the family of Peter Smith, who passed away from Lyme disease.
Smith was twenty-five years old when he visited Dr. John Henson in 2017, presenting with fever, chills, dizziness, a bulls-eye rash, and a headache. Despite these symptoms, the doctor claimed there were no sign of Lyme disease. Smith later revisited the doctor only to be told he had a skin infection.
Smith then went to a different hospital, Maine Medical Center, and it was there that he was properly diagnosed with not only Lyme disease, but also Lyme carditis. Smith was treated and released but died July 2, 2017.
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