Soldier Sues After Contracting Fungal Meningitis While Deployed

Joshua Kirkwood, a Montgomery County soldier deployed overseas, filed a 56-page complaint in U.S District Court in Nashville after being stricken with fungal meningitis from a spinal steroid treatment he had undergone in Nashville. Kirkwood has become the third Tennessee victim of the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak to be identified for the first time this week. Kirkwood had already been deployed in mid-September when someone from the clinic left a message on his voice mail inquiring about how he was doing. “No one told Mr. Kirkwood that he was at risk of contracting fungal meningitis,” according to the complaint. Named as defendants in the suit are the individual owners of the New England Compounding Center, the now-shuttered company blamed by state and federal regulators for shipping fungus-tainted steroids to health facilities across the country, the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center and the Howell Allen Clinic, part owner of the outpatient center. The Tennessean has the story.