Ann Arbor woman hospitalized for a month with dangerous meningitis

ANN ARBOR, Mich (wxyz) - Richard Sakstrup says he is actually relieved to find out his wife Carol has this dangerous form of meningitis, because she's been in the hospital for nearly a month with no answers-- and now she can finally get the treatment to make her better.

Sakstrup says she had a steroid injection for back pain in August and then on September 8, she had a severe headache, she could barely see or move, her temperature was nearly 103 degrees, so she was hospitalized at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor.

But up until this Thursday, doctors didn't know what was wrong and then when the information came out about the contaminated steroid shots causing fungal meningitis, doctors started to connect the dots--not only for Carol Sakstrup, but for five other patients.

None of them had the steroid injections at the hospital, but now all of them are being treated there with an anti fungal antibiotic called Voriconazole with hopes that they will improve.

Richard Sakstrup says he doesn't blame anyone for what happened, he just wants his wife to get better so he can bring her home.

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