College Sued Over Infection
Posted: Thursday, December 20th, 2007 at 10:57 am
Iona College in New York has been sued by a former football player over an infection that he contracted. The player has sued over an antibiotic resistant staph infection, which he states almost resulted in the loss of his leg a couple of years ago.
According to former football player Nick Zaffarese the infection that he contracted in 2005 was brushed off by team trainers. The player had allegedly contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. He stated in his lawsuit that this almost cost him his leg. In addition to accusing trainers of ignoring the problem he also stated that locker rooms were unsanitary.
Officials from the college have declined to comment because the lawsuit is still pending. However, one official did state that conditions in the locker rooms were not unsanitary and that the college did not tolerate such conditions. She stated: “Our leadership does not tolerate unsanitary or unclean conditions.”
According to the former player he told trainers about the infection but they did not advise him to seek medical assistance right away. His father stated: “I got a call from my son telling me that his leg was black and he was going to have surgery.”