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Military Doctors Misdiagnose a Marine Serving in Iraq, Leading to Death

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jan-2008

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 doctors 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 are 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 to a veterans group that tracks soldiers who are misdiagnosed, there are hundreds of misdiagnosed cases across the country.

The full story will be 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.

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