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Parents of infant sue Edwards clinic

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado –A local family recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Eagle Care Medical Clinic, an extension of the Vail Valley Medical Center located in the Edwards Pavilion.

Jose De Jesus and Maria Leuvano Lopez claim their son, Luis, died as a result of “negligent and substandard care,” according to a statement released by the couple’s attorney, Joseph Bloch.

The complaint alleges that after two separate visits to the clinic, the child was misdiagnosed with teething on the first visit, and bronchitis on the second visit. The child died within hours of being sent home from the clinic the second time, according to the statement.

Denise Triba, a spokeswoman for the Vail Valley Medical Center, said the hospital can’t comment on the lawsuit.

“The hospital sympathizes with the family’s loss, but at this time due to patient privacy I’m unable to comment,” she said.

The lawsuit claims the child was never treated or observed by a doctor and that the parents believe they were discriminated against because of their Hispanic heritage and lack of health insurance, although that claim contradicts the clinic’s mission.

The Eagle Care Medical Clinic’s Web site states the clinic’s mission “is to provide high quality affordable health care to uninsured or underinsured that live in Eagle County.”

The lawsuit seeks damages for the “losses sustained by the parents for the death and loss of their son, and also damages for the infant’s pain and suffering before his death.”

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