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$250,000 to be paid in boy's death

December 19, 2007|Jean-Paul Renaud

The county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a $250,000 settlement to the parents of a 14-year-old boy who died after the staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center failed to treat his appendicitis.

According to settlement documents, Andrew Garcia came to the hospital on Nov. 16, 2005, suffering from vomiting, abdominal pain and a fever. He was diagnosed with gastritis and sent home, according to the documents.

The boy returned two days later and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, where he died Nov. 20, 2005. An autopsy showed that the cause of death was a perforated appendix.

-- Jean-Paul Renaud

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