Jan 31, 2008 - 1:21 am
I heard about a really interesting special on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric this Thursday, January 31 (tomorrow).
Military Doctors misdiagnose a Marine serving in Iraq, leading to death
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will have a report this Thursday about how military medical malpractice killed Sgt. Carmelo Rodriquez, a marine who served in Iraq. CBS News Bryon Pitts investigates in a heart wrenching extensive story, how military doctor's misdiagnosed melanoma to be a harmless wart. Pitts met the marine, child and family by his side, 8 minutes before his death caused by Stage 4 melanoma.
His family insisted to be interviewed instead because they say Sgt. Rodriguez "...said don't let this be it. Don't let this be it. Fight! That's what we're doing. We're going to fight for him." Laws prohibit the family to sue the military and his family had to pay for the funeral.
According a veterans group that track soldiers who are misdiagnosed. There are hundreds of misdiagnosed cases across the country.
The full story will broadcast Thursday on the CBS Evening News at 6:30 EDT. It will reveal startling details about how family members of deceased servicemen and women have no legal recourse when malpractice among military medical doctors leads to irrevocable harm - and even death.