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Mexican parents horrified after their baby son's functioning eye removed in surgery

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/6/2015 (4 years ago)
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Parents are now suing for medical negligence

A Mexican surgeon has been suspended and placed under investigation - and the parents of a baby boy are now suing for medical negligence after their child's functioning eye has been removed, leaving him blind.

One-year-old Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala was undergoing chemotherapy to treat a tumor in his left eye. Surgeon Armando Cisneros Espinoza decided the treatment was not working.

One-year-old Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala was undergoing chemotherapy to treat a tumor in his left eye. Surgeon Armando Cisneros Espinoza decided the treatment was not working.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/6/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Mexico, eye surgery, medical negligence


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One-year-old Fernando Jonathan Valdez Ayala was undergoing chemotherapy to treat a tumor in his left eye. Surgeon Armando Cisneros Espinoza decided the treatment was not working. He elected to remove the eye entirely - but removed the child's fully functional right eye instead.

The egregious incident happened at the Medical Unit of High Specialty Mexican Social Security Institute in Ciudad Obregon, in the northwest Mexican state of Sonora.

"Doctors started to treat him and decided that they were going to remove the left eye when it was not working, but they removed the right one," Fernando's mother Maria Marlene Ayala Quijano said.


"The doctor told us that he had removed the right eye because he had seen a tumor in that eye as well.

"But we cannot believe a tumor is going to suddenly appear in just a few hours in our son's good eye, and the left eye, that was supposed to be removed, is still there.

"The doctor said that he wanted to save his life and therefore he decided to remove the right eye.

"They say that they will look at the eye to check that there was a tumor there, but we plan to get an independent test.


"I feel impotence and anger because my baby does not have a working eye anymore, and nobody can put it back, it was his only healthy eye."


The parent's lawyer says they will be making a complaint to the National Commission of Human Rights and the Medical Arbitration Commission.

Even worse - the child's life remains endangered as he still has a tumor in his bad eye.

"The boy's father, Fernando Valdez Gastelum, has reported the incident to police and an internal investigation has been launched at the hospital.

"The Mexican Social Security Institute said they had also started an investigation and director general Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya ordered a special team to go to Sonora to investigate," according to Chingaone.com

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