|July 5, 1957 - March 7, 1997|
Susan D'Angelo Dougherty died at the age of 39 after getting infected with Strep A which manifested into Necrotizing Fasciitis following a C-Section. Contributing to her death was the fact that her doctor did not call on her for 60 hours after her surgery in spite that Susan complained of intense pain and illness. This was acknowledged in a public apology and admission from the doctor.
We'll post Susan's entire story as it is available.
Her case is significant because at the same time that Susan was infected at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY two other women were also infected. Those two cases did not turn into necrotizing fasciitis, but still involved Strep A infections.
Due to the unlikelihood that three women on the obstetrics ward would be infected at the same time, the New York Department of Health conducted an investigation.
According to family members to whom the report was presented the report found that one health care worker had cared for all three women and that person had children at home with Strep throat.
The health care worker had no signs of strep A but it would seem that she was a silent carrier.
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April 21, 2003