Meet The Parents Star Dies After Two Misdiagnoses

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The actress who was famously smashed in the face by a volleyball in the Meet The Parents comedy, died last month (FEB05) after two medics misdiagnosed her pneumonia.

NICOLE DeHUFF, who played Teri Polo's sister in the hilarious 2000 movie, checked into three Los Angeles hospitals, but only when her problems became inoperable did doctors realise what was wrong with her.

The actress' mother PATSIE says, "By the time she reached the third hospital, it was too late. She was unconscious."

The grieving mother reveals her daughter was rushed to hospital on 12 February (04) but was sent home by medics and told to take painkiller Tylenol.

Patsie DeHuff recalls, "The next day my daughter was worse."

Again, the actress went to hospital, but this time medics prescribed antibiotics for bronchitis.

Two days later, paramedics rushed to her home after she collapsed, gasping for breath. The tragic actress died on 16 February.

10/03/2005 02:44

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What a terrible tragedy. I was reading People Magazine and saw the small obituary and almost fell off my chair. I am from Pittsburgh and know Carnegie Mellon University quite well.Your family has my deepest condolences and are in my prayers.Jim MPittsburgh, Pa
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As tragic as it is, I owe everything to her. My son (at the time 3 years old) had gone through the EXACT same diagnosis situation as Nicole. The day that my sons dr had sent him home with medication to treat bronchitis, Nicole died. I called the dr immediately because the entire timeline and events were identical. She assured me that there was no concern. Unconvinced, I took my son to the emergency room demanding tests. He had advanced pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. A 3 year old fighting for his life. I pray and thank God everyday for her. She, I believe, saved my son's life and there is nothing I could do to repay her. I have never met her but I can say that I love her more than I can explain. Her life saved my son's.
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