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Amy Elifritz, 20, died of toxic shock syndrome. Now, her family is suing the hospital and doctors involved in her case, along with tampon maker Playtex. (Provided photo)
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Family sues over toxic shock syndrome death
Updated: Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012, 9:48 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012, 9:47 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A tampon company, doctors and a Columbus hospital are all being sued after the death of an Indiana woman from toxic shock syndrome.
Amy Elifritz, 20, died one year ago Wednesday from toxic shock syndrome, two days after she was admitted to the hospital with chills, fever and vomiting. The lawsuit filed alleges the hospital and five doctors "breached their duty" and were "negligent.”
The doctors and hospital aren't named because Indiana malpractice law protects their identity in a lawsuit.
In an I-Team 8 investigation a year ago, Elifritz’ mother told 24-Hour News 8 she believes a tampon caused the toxic shock and the doctors never recognized the symptoms.
FROM THE ARCHIVES | Watch the original investigative reports: Part 1 & Part 2
"They just kept looking at us saying, ‘We dont know. We dont know what is happening. We don't know why,’” recalled Lisa Elifritz. “She got to intensive care around 1 p.m., and by 3 p.m. she was going into adult respiratory distress. She had the tell-tale rash of toxic shock syndrome."
Playtex is also being sued for liability and negligence.
I-Team 8 took the issue to a top doctor in New York who was one of the first to blow the whistle on the issue in the 1980s when 38 women died.
Dr. Philip Tierno told I-Team 8 the toxin builds up when a tampon is used, and changing the tampon is not enough. He said girls must use a pad at night for eight hours to allow the toxins to dissipate.
The family of Amy Elifritz is asking for a jury trial.
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:35 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
TSS is due to not changing the tampon. Playtex didn't force her to keep it in. There are warnings on the box. As for the doctors not knowing, I can't say as I don't know what tests they did or didn't run. Seems like a standard culture would be ordered, as well as a CBC and urinalysis. But to answer the question, no they don't have a right to sue Playtex, I can't say for the doctor because not enough info.
Answer by luvmygrlz at 1:11 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by FreeForAll at 1:12 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
@FFA-It occurs more often when a tampon is left in too long, but yes it can occur even if changed regularly. But regardless there are warnings on tampon boxes and I agree tampons are disgusting.
Answer by luvmygrlz at 1:23 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by SaraD1989 at 1:21 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by Dardenella at 1:49 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by SaraD1989 at 2:11 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:45 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by FreeForAll at 1:28 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
Answer by luvmygrlz at 1:31 AM on Jun. 15, 2012
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