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A Lesson in Medical Liability

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Colorado Springs, Colorado January 2007. Two-month-old Luzdeestrella Flores-Rios is checked into Memorial Hospital for a surgery to remove her left kidney. The child’s parents who speak little to no English seemingly consented to the surgery by communicating with the doctor through the couple’s older daughter who speaks English. The couple believed that the procedure would be relatively simple and would help cure their daughter’s condition. This was anything but the case as little Luzdeestrella suffered complete kidney failure, had to be put on dialysis, and placed on a kidney transplant waiting list. In May 2009, the child’s parents sued Memorial…

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