Via Arab News,a report that's kept the #Corona hashtag buzzing for the last couple of days: Wrong diagnosis kills man. The full report and then a comment:
A man in his 30s has died at a private hospital in Jeddah after being infected with a virus for which medication was only available at specialty hospitals.
Having been initially admitted to a hospital in Makkah for a simple cough, X-rays at a private hospital in Jeddah later revealed that the patient, Majid Wali, had large, white spots in the lungs. Majid was informed that there was an only 40 percent survival rate for such cases.
“The hospital needed to give him a drug, which is only available at a specialty hospital. The hospital made several attempts to get the drug, but by the time it arrived, Majid was dead,” his relative said. Jeddah Health Affairs Director Dr. Sami Badawood said that the doctors treating the patient had erred in their initial coronavirus diagnosis.
Majid was initially diagnosed with inflammation of the air valves, but there had been no indication of the existence of a virus in his respiratory system. The hospital management discontinued his treatment four days on and referred him to another private hospital in Jeddah, where an X-ray showed the spots in his lungs.
Majid’s relatives were told to find a mortuary for bodies that have suffered from viruses or infectious diseases. They eventually found one in Makkah.
Majid was a 32-year-old regional manager at a company in Makkah. He is survived by three children, the eldest of whom is nine years old.
So they thought they were dealing with a MERS case and spent four days before someone thought to X-ray him. But we never learn what he really had, or what the drug was that might have saved him. The first paragraph says he died of a virus, and the fourth says no virus was found in his respiratory system. We learn about his three children, but whether or not they were checked for symptoms is unknown.