UNM to pay $38M in child cancer lawsuit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico will soon dish out millions to settle a child cancer lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the Board of Regents has agreed to pay $38 million to settle part of a class-action lawsuit. The suit from the families of pediatric cancer patients claims UNM Hospital provided substandard care from 1977 to 1997.

The Albuquerque Journal also reports that during those year children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia faced a significantly higher mortality rate than the national average as they weren’t treated in way s consistent with accepted protocols. Attorney Jacob Vigil who represents the plaintiffs states that UNM has reported a maximum of 89 deceased children whose heirs could be eligible for the settlement

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of around 250 children.

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