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Jury Awards $6.5M to Family of Man Who Died from Medical Misdiagnosis

A Cumberland County jury on Wednesday reportedly ordered Mercy Hospital in Portland and one of its physicians, Dr. John Henson, to pay $6.5 million to the family of a man who died as the result of a misdiagnosis.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Peter Smith went to Mercy Hospital in Portland in June 2017 for rashes, fever, chills, dizziness and headaches, potential signs of Lyme Disease.

Court records show Dr. Henson diagnosed smith with a skin disorder and a virus, writing “no sign of Lyme Disease.”

Smith returned to the same doctor a few weeks later and the doctor again diagnosed him with the same skin disorder and hives.


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