State and federal authorities installed a commission to address the death of a pregnant woman back in January 30.
The commission’s goal is to study mortality of women.
However, the announcement said this is a periodical measure of the health authorities.
Keren Vallejo, 31, died in Clinic 30 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security after complications with the cesarean surgery. Her child survived the surgery.
On Monday, Vallejo’s relatives held a demonstration to demand justice in the case.
State Secretary of Public Health Adrian Medina said the commission also seeks to provide certainty in the case from an impartial, academic point of view about the cause of death and to avoid incidents like this to repeat.
Initially, the institute turned a body to the Coroner’s office that did not belong to Vallejo. Later, the corpse was turned without organ tissue, a practice the Institute said its common, but Coroner’s office staff opinioned differently.
The Institute’s General Manager of the National Center of Gender Equality and Reproductive Health Karla Verdichevsky-Feldman said all findings will be used by the agency and all the public health agencies.
“Fortunately, we have an intense plan to prevent maternal mortality,” Verdichevsky-Feldman said.
Although two clinic officials resigned from office after the incident, media outlets reported that those officials in fact were reassigned to other Institute areas.
The commission will address the case through working groups that will set plans in the short- and long-term.
Another case was reported Friday by La Voz newspaper. In this case, a 70-year-old woman died in the Institute’s Clinic 5.
The patient had a pain in the chest and no doctors were available for treatment.
Griselda Ruiz, the patient’s daughter, said her mother could have not died if healthcare services were provided.
According to Ruiz, Institute’s staff asked relatives to take the patient to other hospital. The patient was taken to a state clinic where she was pronounced dead.
In a separate case, the National Commission of Human Rights released a warning against the Institute for failing to provide appropriate healthcare services to a 16-year-old patient with leukemia.
The warning says no complaint or actions were taken by the Institute against those accountable.
Also, documents related to the case were not signed by staff.
A complaint was filed with the state’s Human Rights Commission on Nov. 2020. The complaint was turned to the Mexican Commission four days later.
Commission staff determined that the patient, who was first hospitalized at 14 years of age in 2017 to the Clinic 31 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security.
Although the teenage patient was taken on April 2018 to a Mexico City hospital, where he was described as a high-risk patient who needed treatment, such treatment did not begin until a year later, but as an adult without any justification.
On Feb. 2021, the institute suspended treatment without any basis.
The patient’s father described treatment as inadequate and inappropriate as health conditions worsened.
The patient was admitted on Sept. 2020 under serious conditions. Five days later the institute said treatment was unavailable and provided palliative medicine.
The commission said no evidence was shown that determined staff requested chemotherapy medicine.
The patient’s father request to take his son to the Mexico City hospital for marrow transplant was denied until chemotherapy response showed the patient’s improvement.
The patient died on Oct. 22.
The Commission requests damage repair to the family and training to avoid a similar case from occurring again.