Alleged Cancer Misdiagnoses Leads To Death

Russell Means, an American Indian activist, died in 2012. His widow has sued a New Mexico hospital for wrongful death and medical malpractice, alleging her husband’s cancer was misdiagnosed.

Mr. Means began his activism in the early 1960’s by protesting the use of American Indian images as mascots for athletic teams. He became nationally known in 1973 after a 72-day standoff with federal officers at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, where activists were occupying to protest the mistreatment of American Indians by the government.

In 2011, Mr. Means sought treatment at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe for complaints of difficulty swallowing and spitting up blood. It was at that time Mrs. Means alleges his esophageal cancer was overlooked. By the time Mr. Means was properly diagnosed, the cancer had spread.

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