Once admitted, the "gold standard" test used to evaluate the patient's fluid collection in her spine was not done. Instead, other tests were done, without definitive results. This caused further delay in obtaining the necessary imaging tests to find out why the patient was having neurological symptoms.
Surgery to remove the fluid build-up was successful and after weeks of rehabilitation, the patient return to most of her routine and regular daily function.
The bottom line was that had the patient been immediately admitted and had surgery to remove the fluid build-up in the spine, the injuries and rehabilitation would have been much less than they turned out to be.