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Success story ended with negligence?

He was an American success story, working his way up to plant manager for a packaging company before striking out in 1992 on his own. The 62-year-old was a proud father and a grandfather; a self-made man who lived the dream.

But his life came to an abrupt end in November of last year when he was struck down with a rare infection that is associated with a blood temperature-regulating device that was used when he underwent open-heart surgery about 11 months earlier. A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against the hospital where the surgery was conducted and against the maker of the temperature-regulating device.

The Pennsylvania man was known as a bicycling enthusiast as well as a successful entrepreneur.

Eleven Pennsylvania people came down with nontuberculous mycobacteria, or NTM; all of them had been patients at York Hospital and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, according to a newspaper article.

The heating-cooling devices apparently "aerosolized" NTM bacteria, which gave rise to the dangerous and rare infections. The two medical institutions notified approximately 3,600 former patients, advising them that they might have been exposed to NTM from 2011 to 2015, when the devices were replaced.

York Hospital has admitted its cleaning process "didn't align perfectly" with recommended guidelines for the temperature-regulating device.

NTM infections are slow-developing, sometimes taking months or even years before symptoms become apparent.

Families who have lost loved ones because of doctor or hospital negligence can speak with a Huntington attorney experienced in medical malpractice litigation.

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