A New Mexico teen died from cancer after his parents didn’t seek life-saving treatment for him until it was too late — because they didn’t have health insurance, authorities said.
Ramiro Miranda-Urias, 14, was 68 pounds and had an undiagnosed tumor that took up nearly the entire left side of his torso when he was brought to Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center on Sept. 7, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
He was transferred Thursday to another hospital in Alberquerque, where doctors determined that it would have taken six to twelve months for the cancer to reach such a severe stage, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The ninth-grade student died the same night, with doctors noting that he could’ve survived if got help sooner.
“He will die from this because his family didn’t bring him to care,” one doctor wrote, according to the court documents. “It’s hideous and atrocious. His mother has killed him.”
Police began an investigation in