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Clinic’s failure to note child abuse leads to $8 million settlement

Brewer’s Alexandria Orduna has argued medical professionals failed to acknowledge or report abuse of her son by a man who lived with her in 2019.

BANGOR, Maine — The federal government is paying $8 million to settle a claim that a federally funded clinic failed to alert a mother or authorities to signs of abuse of a 6-month-old boy.

Brewer’s Alexandria Orduna has argued medical professionals failed to acknowledge or report abuse of her son by a man who lived with her in 2019.

The abuse was not noted and reported until her son was taken to the emergency room of a hospital in Bangor.

The boy is now almost completely blind, and his brain had stopped growing at the time of his attack, the Bangor Daily News reported.

“This little boy couldn’t talk, but his body could, and his medical professionals didn’t listen to what he was saying,” Terry Garmey, one of the mother’s lawyers, told the newspaper.

Orduna sued the US Department of Health and Human Services, which funds Medicaid, which paid for the boy’s treatment.

The settlement sets aside $17,000 a month in a trust account for the rest of the boy’s life to help with the cost of his long-term medical needs and accommodation.

The man who inflicted the injuries pleaded guilty last year to aggravated assault and other charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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