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Injuries: wrongful death
The plaintiff was a US Marine, married to a Japanese woman whom he met while he was stationed in Japan. They returned to the states and he was stationed at Quantico. She was 26 weeks pregnant with their second child when she became ill. Symptoms included generalized achiness and fever which progressed to nausea and vomiting. Her husband took her to National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she was examined and her blood was tested. Unfortunately, no one looked at the test results. If they had, they would have seen that she had a severe bacterial infection and they would have hospitalized her. Instead, they sent her home, told her to try to force fluids and take Tylenol. Her infection progressed and both she and her unborn baby died, leaving behind her husband and her 2 year old daughter.
Malcolm McConnell filed suit against the United States of America under the Federal Tort Claims Act and obtained a settlement of $1,000,000.