Written by Alejandra Gonzelez-Chavez, Special to Consumer Watchdog
My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn't give her a simple test.
A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 - that is the value of a child in California when they're harmed by the health care industry. It's wrong, and it's the reason medical negligence is so common today - there's little price to pay when something goes wrong.
We should not have to put up a billboard in Sacramento to get the Legislature's attention to change the law, but we did. It's on Highway I-80 so state legislators will consider updating the antiquated law that for the past 38 years has put a discriminatory limit on the value of a precious life like Mia's.
You can read more about Mia and watch a video at 38istoolate.org, where you can join our movement to update patient safety laws in California and better protect patients.