Intense pain, confusing diagnosis mark meningitis
Saint Thomas Hospital, where Russell’s family said she is being treated, declined to release information about individual patients, citing medical privacy laws. The neurology center voluntarily closed last month because of the investigation and isn’t commenting.
A third fungal meningitis patient died in Tennessee on Wednesday at the same hospital, according to the facility’s chief of medicine, Dr. Robert Latham. The patient was identified as Diana Reed by a family lawyer. The attorney, Bill Lassiter, wouldn’t discuss when the 56-year-old woman became ill or when she received steroid injections.
Reed had helped to found the Wayne Reed Christian Child Care Center in Nashville, which works with children who are educationally and developmentally at risk, said Reed’s pastor, Josh Graves. He wouldn’t comment on her illness.
“She had a robust faith. She was passionate about serving those who were poor in Nashville,” said Graves. “She was tough, relentless and every day pursued those things she felt God was calling her to do.”