MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Health officials have confirmed that a fungus behind a meningitis outbreak has also been found in unopened vials of steroid medication.
The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including at least 20 deaths.
Health officials said this week that 40 of 42 patients were infected with a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum.
In the meantime, a lawyer representing another family filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Godwin Mitchell is now
Family members told WFTV Mitchell is the family patriarch, and the sickness has totally changed his life, which is why they filed the lawsuit.
Family members said even at 87, Mitchell drove his wife to the grocery store, paid bills and worked on
"One day, he's walking," said Mitchell's daughter, Debrah Marks. "The next day he's on his
Marks, along with Mithcell's granddaughter and family attorney, met with reporters outside the Orange County courthouse after filing the lawsuit against NECC.
Family members said Mithcell had hip pain and was injected with the steroid at a local pain clinic. Now, family members said he can't walk, struggles to speak, and they don't know if he even understands what's going on around him.
"I wash his face, I shave him," said Marks. "I talk to my dad, and I just can't imagine what he's feeling, what he's thinking laying there."
Chestnut said 15 other possible victims have contacted his office, and more lawsuits could follow.