CINCINNATI (AP) -- The University of Cincinnati has agreed to pay $2.3 million to a southwestern Ohio woman who said she was left largely paralyzed after doctors failed to properly diagnose her, the state Court of Claims announced Monday.
The settlement reached last month with Cynthia Adae, of Midland, comes after a six-year legal battle and does not constitute an admission of guilt by the university.
The university did not immediately return a request for comment Monday, but attorneys denied the allegations in court documents, saying Adae's condition was the result of other causes.
Adae sued the university, Clinton Memorial Hospital and others in October 2007 after she said doctors failed to diagnose an epidural abscess on her spine when she complained of a limited range of motion in her upper right arm, right shoulder pain, high fevers and a cough, according to the lawsuit.
Doctors failed to recall her for treatment after discharging Adae from the hospital even after getting the results of blood tests that indicated a serious infection, the lawsuit said.
About a week later, Adae's worsening symptoms were diagnosed at a different hospital and she underwent emergency spinal surgery.
Today, the 57-year-old Adae uses a wheelchair, has limited ability to move her upper body and is completely dependent on her husband, said the couple's attorney, Ken Blumenthal.
Blumenthal said the couple takes comfort in their religion, tries their best to maintain positive attitudes, and continue to run their fruit farm, A & M Farm Orchard, in Midland.
Cynthia greets the customers while her husband takes care of the physical work, Blumenthal said.
He said the settlement will help them remodel their home to better accommodate Adae's wheelchair and possibly hire a medical worker to help care for her.
"They wanted to know what their future held financially so they could make some determinations," Blumenthal said. "This will give them the wherewithal to get some help."
The Adaes reached a separate and confidential settlement in 2010 with Clinton Memorial Hospital.
A Court of Claims judge ruled in June 2011 in the case against the university that doctors had been medically negligent and awarded Adae $3.3 million in 2012. The university appealed the judge's decision, but the two sides agreed to settle the matter instead of letting the Ohio Supreme Court rule.
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