Jeffrey Schneider, 59, and his wife, Connie Schneider, were awarded $6.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result of a stroke that he had suffered in 2007. According to the Schneiders, their doctor, Dr. Joseph Thompson of SSM Depaul Group, had every opportunity to detect and treat the infection that caused the stroke before it happened. According to the St. Louis Post:
Thompson diagnosed Schneider with mitral valve prolapse in 1996, the lawsuit said, a condition in which a valve of the heart does not close tightly, which can cause blood to flow backward in the heart. An echocardiogram in 2001 again showed the existence of the condition.
Schneider became very ill in April of 2007, and alerted Thomas of his symptoms of fatigue and loss of appetite. According to the St. Louis Post, “He eventually said he felt like he was dying, according to the lawsuit.” Thomson referred Schneider to a few doctors, but never to the type of doctor that could have really helped his condition– a cardiologist. In May of 2007, Connie Schneider requested that her husband be admitted to the hospital, to which Thompson recommended waiting for test results to come in, and in June of 2007, her husband unfortunately suffered a stroke resulting from a, “bacterial infection on his heart valve.” Today, Schneider suffers from restricted movement on the right side of his body and has experienced long-term memory loss, making it impossible for him to work or live a normal life.