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Woman Files Lawsuit For Tainted Steroid Injections

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since the meningitis outbreak more and more attorneys have heard from victims who are scared and families facing some of their toughest times.

The daughter of one woman whose mother received two epidural shots at Saint Thomas Hospital said the pain just got worse until she ended up in the hospital.

Family members said the 71-year-old mother and grandmother inspired them for years. Now Willie Mae Devine looks to them for inspiration to continue her very on battle.

"She had an epidural shot at St. Thomas because she had back pain where she had surgery for years prior to that," said daughter Barbra Arnold.

It wasn't until Devine went back to the doctor a third time that she was told she had been given one of the tainted steroid injections.

Devine was diagnosed with a fungal infection and has hired an attorney.

"I think it's going to bare out that there are several parties at fault. However, some may have much more fault that other, but we don't know yet," said Blair Durham of Bart Durham Injury Law.

Wednesday Durham and another client went to Washington D.C. to sit in on the Congressional hearings looking for answers in the fungal meningitis outbreak.

"There seemed to be a bipartisan feeling that what happened should never have happened and should never happen again. Hopefully they will be able to work together to come to a resolution where it doesn't ever happen again," said Durham.

What Durham said seemed to anger Congress and family members of victims, was how the man in charge at NECC; Barry Cadden, responded to every questions.

"I wasn't surprised that he took the 5th amendment to every question and that he wouldn't answer, but it's a shame because if anyone has the knowledge to potentially save people's lives in the future or at least clear up treatment plans for the current people that are suffering," said Durham.

Arnold said she and her family will continue to fight for her mother to get better and someone to answer the question why.

"That whatever can be done to make sure that these people or whoever is responsible, it never happens to anyone else," said Arnold.

Arnold said her mother was still in the hospital. They hoped Devine would return home as soon as Friday.

New England Compounding Center, NECC, will likely file for bankruptcy – which Durham said could make suing the company harder.

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