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Remedio Elameto, CHCC settle medical malpractice lawsuit

REMEDIO Elameto will no longer pursue the medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and two of its doctors who, she said, left a 15-cm surgical clamp in her stomach during surgery in 2000. The surgical clamp was  discovered 14 years later, she added.

Remedio Elameto and her common-law husband Pedro Pua sued CHCC through attorney Joseph E. Horey. On Thursday, they filed a notice of settlement in Superior Court.

Horey informed the court that the couple’s dispute with the CNMI government had been settled.

He asked the court to stay the couple’s claims against the CNMI government, pending the filing of the notice of dismissal.

On Aug. 11, 2017, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho invalidated the substitution provision of the Government Liability Act saying it violated the plaintiffs’ fundamental right to privacy under the CNMI Constitution.

The Office of the Attorney General, representing CHCC, and defendant Dr. Gray Ramsey, through attorney Colin Thompson, appealed Camacho’s ruling to the CNMI Supreme Court which was to hear oral arguments on Sept. 25, 2018.

The couple earlier agreed in a stipulation to halt the court proceedings on the condition that CNMI government looked for medical malpractice insurance and report to the court every 60 days on the status of obtaining the insurance.

In April 2018, CHCC, through Assistant Attorney General Christopher Timmons, said it had “previously sought quotations from all licensed insurers in the CNMI, and has publicly sought competitive proposals for medical malpractice coverage, both to no avail.”