Children’s Hospital in New Orleans’ failure to warn patients and families about an outbreak of flesh-eating fungus outbreak and the impact on the city are spotlighted in a front-page story in the Tuesday The New York Times.
The story looks at the five deaths that resulted from the outbreak, linked to infected bed linens.
“In a city where so many institutions had failed its citizens — a former mayor convicted of bribery, a police department tainted by charges of brutality, schools where student performance was historically abysmal — Children’s Hospital was well respected. It cared for New Orleans’s sickest young patients, from those living in the poorest precincts like the Lower Ninth Ward to those from the hospital’s genteel neighborhood uptown,” the article says. “But now, Children’s Hospital is accused of breaking faith with the community.”
Much of the community’s anger focuses on the hospital’s decision not to alert the public.