Federal lawsuit claims Agnesian doctor denied surgery to woman with AIDS

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February 12, 2009


"Lambda Legal and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit today in federal court against Agnesian HealthCare claiming one of its physicians refused to treat a patient with HIV.

"The suit is on behalf of Melody Rose, a 35-year-old female inmate at Taycheedah Correctional Institution who was denied surgery to remove her gallbladder because she has HIV, according to a press release from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

"...'Dr. Cahee's actions fly in the face of ethical behavior for a medical professional,' said Scott Schoettes, staff attorney with Lambda Legal's HIV Project."

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