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Part-paraplegic sues Qld hospitals over late diagnoses

A WOMAN has been left a partial paraplegic after three Queensland hospitals allegedly failed to diagnose and treat her condition fast enough.

Alanah Jane Menz, 22, has taken legal action against the State of Queensland, lodging a claim in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton last week.

The document states Ms Menz presented to the emergency department at the Gladstone Hospital with back pain on June 25, 2011.

She was discharged but returned again on June 30, unable to stand.

After blood tests and x-rays, she was transported to Rockhampton Hospital where the decision was made to transfer her by air to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

The claim states Ms Menz was scheduled for an MRI scan the morning she arrived, but this had to be postponed due to inadequate pain relief.

The MRI later found a fluid collection on her spine, which required her to undergo surgery.

It is claimed that if Ms Menz's condition was diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion it is more likely than not she would have made a full recovery. Instead she has been left a partial paraplegic.

Ms Menz is claiming over $2 million in damages for negligence, including medical costs, economic loss and domestic assistance.

The Morning Bulletin contacted all parties but received no response.

Topics:  negligence queensland health



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