Mexico City, Mexico — The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) is investigating the death of a baby in the Hospital de Ginecología y Obstetricia de la Raza in Mexico City for alleged medical malpractice.
The family says that due to delayed medical attention, the baby died while still in the womb. Mitzi Ramírez , mother of the deceased baby, waited for five days to be treated at the medical center for labor, however, IMSS staff told her that she had an infection and that performing a cesarean section would put her life at risk.
IMSS made a statement saying that, “Unfortunately, on May 3, the absence of fetal heart rate was detected,” adding that they will continue to investigate those responsible in the case.
During a press conference, the family said the hospital is facing charges of medical malpractice and violation of human rights, which will be presented before the Attorney General’s Office.
Mitzi Ramírez and Edgar Espino, parents of the deceased baby girl, said that this complaint is aimed at the demarcation of responsibilities in the death of his daughter during the birth process.
The mother said she was admitted at the end of April, and after five days, was never admitted to the operating room. “Almost a week and I did not have a cesarean. I trusted them because I had my first daughter there and everything was fine. Now it was not like that,” said the mother.
The Legal Director of Sociocracy, Guillermo Garduño Aguilar said that they did not present their case before the National Commission of Medical Arbitration because they feared that the bureaucracy would turn their case into one more that will never be resolved.
Garduño added that the Mexican Social Security Institute removed four La Raza employees from their position and that they expect other workers who did not intervene to also be dismissed from their positions.
“We want them to listen to us so that there are no more people who suffer like us. Now they listen to us because it came out in networks, but surely there are many cases that are not in the media and also deserve to be heard,” Ramírez and Espino said.