Clinic where King Died Closed-- but not ibo association (Yet)
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Fri Feb 3 16:28:19 EST 2006
Clinic closed after King's death
Friday, February 3, 2006; Posted: 11:48 a.m. EST (16:48 GMT)
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- When Coretta Scott King checked in at the
Santa Monica Health Institute in a Mexican beach resort last month,
her condition was already quickly deteriorating, her physician there
"She was really bad," Dr. Rafael Cedeno told The Atlanta Journal-
Constitution in a story published Friday. "She was going down fast."
And while doctors there were still evaluating her for possible
treatment, the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. died Tuesday at the age of 78.
Meanwhile, Mexican health officials shut down the hospital Thursday,
saying the alternative clinic in the resort of Rosarito Beach did not
have proper authorization.
Coretta Scott King checked into the hospital on Jan. 26 under the
name Ruth Green. She was accompanied by her daughter, Bernice.
At the time, she was already half-paralyzed from a stroke and heart
attack and was struggling with complications from ovarian cancer
apparently discovered last summer, her Mexican doctors said.
Staff at the 30-bed hospital did not know who their patient really
was until her medical records arrived. Cesar Castillejos, the
clinic's assistant director, said he never knew her real identity.
Cedeno said doctors only had time to offer medical support.
"Just support, you know," he said. "Just IVs, a little bit of protein
by mouth and by tube to put her in a good condition to start the
But her health was quickly getting worse, he said.
"Her tumor was blocking her intestine," Cedeno said. "She was trying
to eat and was throwing up. She was eating a little bit, little by
little, but then throwing up a little."
Located 16 miles south of San Diego, the Santa Monica Health
Institute is known for providing alternative treatments to patients
with incurable diseases. Its Web site says it uses an eclectic
approach to diseases that are often believed to be incurable.
But according to a news release from the office of Francisco Vera
Gonzalez, Baja California state's health secretary, the hospital was
conducting surgeries, X-ray procedures and internal medicine without
the appropriate authorization. Other problems found by inspectors
Thursday included unconventional treatments and the discovery of
unknown substances at the hospital.
The hospital, in cooperation with Mexican immigration officials, was
given three days to arrange for the return of all patients to their
home countries. All 20 patients at the hospital on Thursday were
But Vera Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday
that his office had not found evidence of any malpractice in King's
In a statement, the King family announced funeral plans that include
a viewing at the Georgia state Capitol on Saturday; another viewing
on Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr.'s
longtime pulpit; and a funeral in suburban Atlanta on Tuesday at the
10,000-seat New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Bernice King
is a minister.
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