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Shaun Michael Chavez died more than 36 years ago after being treated for leukemia in a University of New Mexico Hospital pediatric oncology program that is alleged to have delivered substandard, outdated treatment to child cancer patients between 1977 and 1997.
Nearly 20 years ago, UNM admitted that nationally recognized treatment protocols weren’t followed and began to settle out of court more than 90 claims alleging negligence and malpractice. So far, more than $51 million has been paid to affected families and survivors. None have gone to trial.
Meanwhile, a related proposed class action lawsuit filed in 2001 on behalf of Chavez’s mother and others in similar situations has plodded along with little progress. But the case found new life a year ago after a ruling by the state Court of Appeals.