Father Sues California Hospital Over Son’s Brain Damage

April 16, 2010

A man who claims his son was left brain-damaged after a double-hernia surgery is suing Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and two doctors for $19 million.

Eduardo Rivas, who speaks Spanish, says he never consented to the surgery in 2007. He testified last week during the jury trial in Los Angeles.

State investigators say the hospital couldn’t supply any records to prove Rivas consented to the operation. The hospital says the Tujunga man gave his consent by phone.

The boy, Nathan Rivas, had the operation when he was 6 months old. Now nearly 3, he has the mental capacity of a baby.

Rivas believes the boy was brain-damaged by a bad reaction to anesthesia. The hospital says the child’s complications were caused by being born four months premature.

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