Meningitis victim now facing huge medical bills

Marjorie Norwood was left with permanent nerve damage after a routine steroid injection last year turned into a painful fungal infection that nearly killed her.

This photo provided Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Marjorie Norwood was left with permanent nerve damage after a routine steroid injection last year turned into a painful fungal infection that nearly killed her.

Now the hospital that houses the clinic where she contracted the infection has billed more than half a million dollars for her treatment.

Norwood says Saint Thomas West Hospital made her sick, so she should not have to pay for the months of painful treatment and expensive medicines that killed the infection but did not bring back her health.

Saint Thomas officials said in an email that the hospital is following its normal billing practices and that "legal and contractual issues in the Medicare program and in private insurance contracts restrict a provider's ability to deviate" from those practices.


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