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Woman Living With Fungal Meningitis With No End In Sight

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Over the years, Amarjit Deol has learned to live with Parkinson's and her walker, but she said they are nothing compared to what she's dealt with over the last eight months.

Pain from back surgery last year sent her to a clinic inside St. Thomas Hospital.

"I was in too much pain and doctor offered me this injection," Deol said.

However, two rounds of steroid injections caused weeks of numbness, falling and tests just to find the cause.

"The next thing I know they told me I would have surgery in the morning because I got fungal meningitis," she said.

Doctors were able to remove much of the infection, but she is forced to take enough pills to fill a pharmacy.

Deol said conflicting medications from multiple physicians caused kidney problems, congestive heart failure, loss of eyesight and even less mobility.

As bills have piled up she said Medicare and disability benefits have run out, meaning she had to get temporary approval just to get medicine.

Despite all the strain this has put on her family, not knowing if she will survive is the hardest.

"I ask them if they'll tell me if I will be ok, but they have no answer," she said in tears.

Deol said some people have treated her like she is contagious, which is not possible according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Requests for comment from St. Thomas Hospital officials on resources for patients, like Deol, weren't answered Wednesday.

The New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy accused of manufacturing the tainted injections, has now filed for bankruptcy and faces dozens of lawsuits.

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