Medical malpractice is not only prevalent in the United States, where many victims suffer devastating injuries as a result of medical negligence, but it appears that medical negligence also occurs throughout the world, causing avoidable injuries that forever change the lives of medical malpractice victims and their families. However, claims of medical malpractice that harm patients are treated differently in different countries.
A medical malpractice investigation recently undertaken in Mexico reportedly determined that an ophthalmologist in the northwestern state of Sonora, Mexico surgically removed a 14-month-old’s healthy right eye when he was supposed to remove the toddler’s cancerous left eye.
An investigation by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Sonora originally stated that the boy had congenital cancer in both of his eyes. However, the chief of IMSS’ health service’s Highly Specialized Medical Units reportedly stated on July 1, 2015 that studies found that the eye that was removed was healthy.
The toddler’s father stated that his son was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left eye when he was eight months old. Treatment involved chemotherapy that was administered at an IMSS medical facility in Sonora, which failed to be effective. Therefore, surgery intended to remove the boy’s left eye took place on June 26, 2015, during which the boy’s mother was allegedly called to the operating room on three occasions, each time being told different information, before being told that her son’s right eye had been surgically removed because a more dangerous tumor allegedly had been identified in his right eye.
Now, it appears that the toddler’s left eye will need to be removed to treat his life-threatening condition, although the boy’s mother has indicated that she is exploring other treatment options to avoid her son from becoming completely blind. It has been reported that the ophthalmologist who performed the June 26th surgery has been suspended, and that the boy’s parents have filed a criminal complaint against the surgeon. The boy’s mother stated that she had not been provided a copy of the IMSS investigative report, but only provided an apology for what had happened.
The IMSS issued a statement regarding this matter on July 2, 2015, which stated, in part:
“Yesterday, at the press conference it noted that the surgeon who performed the surgery did not follow medical protocols and information established by the IMSS, because the doctor should have consulted parents before making a medical decision informed during surgery. In retrospect, it is now reported that according to the results of the studies and the histopathological evidence conducted by the Department of Pathology of the IMSS in Ciudad Obregon, it follows that the decision taken by the doctor who performed the surgery was not right. As noted, the doctor is suspended and under various research processes by the IMSS, the Internal Control Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the National Commission of Human Rights, who in turn, determine the corresponding responsibilities. The Institute will continue to cooperate with these bodies to carry research through to the end. The IMSS will maintain ongoing communication with parents of children and reiterates the commitment to give medical care required to treat their condition.”
If you suffered serious harm as a result of medical malpractice in the United States, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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