If she hadn’t been at the Peter Lougheed Center for a scheduled MRI, a Calgary woman could have died from a dangerously low hormone level, a lawsuit worth more than $3.5 million claims.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Aziza Giga-Hirji, alleges that doctors at Foothills Medical Center and the Peter Lougheed Center not only misdiagnosed her medical condition, but treated her worse.
The claim says that Giga-Hirji began suffering from severe headaches two months before giving birth to her daughter on June 29, 2020.
The next day, she “started feeling pretty bad while she was still in the hospital. Despite feeling unwell, she was discharged from FMC and her symptoms got progressively worse,” she says.
He returned to the hospital on July 28, where it was decided that he needed a “blood patch procedure” to increase his intercranial pressure and relieve his headaches, despite his concern that they were related to his thyroid or cholesterol levels. that were not reviewed.
Giga-Hirji “passed out” during this procedure and subsequently developed further symptoms, including seeing double and being unusually weak and nauseous.
“The doctor and hospital staff explained that there was nothing more they could do for her and sent Ms. Giga home,” she says.
She went home, but that same night she went to Peter Lougheed’s ER because her symptoms worsened.
An MRI was scheduled for July 30 at Northeast Hospital, and while there, Plaintiff was rushed to the emergency department.
“Millisecond. Giga was told that she had a blood test done and that she had a near lethally low level of cortisol (a naturally occurring hormone)… and needed an emergency stress dose of dexamethasone.
“After receiving this medication, the headache that Ms. Giga had had since she was seven months pregnant and her muscle weakness resolved.”
Despite that, she has continued to suffer from other ailments, she says.
“Millisecond. Giga’s life was in danger when she was released and forced to return to the PLC emergency department that night,” states the claim of her return to the hospital on July 28.
“Millisecond. Giga was not investigated through blood tests to determine her cortisol and hormone levels and this put her life in danger.”
The claim says that he is still suffering from substantial symptoms related to the blood patch procedure.
The lawsuit names Alberta Health Services, both hospitals and several doctors as defendants.
No defense briefs have been filed to the allegations in the unproven claim.
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