Woman left deaf, blind loses bid to sue GP

Nancy Leanne Mules from Cairns tried to sue her GP for almost $8 million in damages after the deadly fungal infection cryptococcal meningitis left her unable to see or hear.

In 2008 the then 43-year-old hotel manager complained to GP Dr Kaylene Ferguson of headaches, neck pain, dizziness and facial flushing.

Ms Mules was prescribed pain medication and physiotherapy but her health declined dramatically and within a week she was admitted to hospital for lifesaving treatment.

She was diagnosed with the extremely rare disease cryptococcal meningitis which attacks the central nervous system and can be fatal if untreated.

Ms Mules claimed Dr Ferguson breached her duty by failing to refer her to a specialist until it was too late.

A trial in the Supreme Court in Cairns last year heard the patient would likely have been spared irreversible neurological damage if she had been diagnosed earlier.

However, Justice James Henry

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