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The Latest: Death of man with sore throat prompts changes

Posted September 14

— The Latest on a settlement involving a man who went to a health center with a sore throat and ended up dead (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A rural Hawaii health center has made changes after a man with a sore throat ended up dead.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center officials say Antonio Marrero's 2013 death prompted the changes, including a new emergency room director to oversee operations and a full-time compliance officer who is also an attorney.

The federal government is paying a $4.2 million settlement to Marrero's widow and young sons.

He went to the emergency room with a sore throat and died after complications from being sedated. His widow's attorney, Richard Fried, says the doctor was wrong to sedate him.

Dr. Robert Bonham offers condolences in a statement and says he's can't provide details about the case because of an ongoing formal review.

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11:50 a.m.

The federal government is paying a $4.2 million settlement after a man went to a rural Hawaii health center with a sore throat and ended up dead.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center officials and the lawyer for Antonio Marrero's family announced the settlement Wednesday.

Marrero went to the emergency room in 2013 with a sore throat and died after complications from being sedated. His widow's attorney, Richard Fried, says the doctor was wrong to sedate him and should have just sent him to a specialist.

Health center officials, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Bradley, apologized and offered condolences to Marrero's widow, Rachel Marrero. They say they're making improvements to their care of patients.

Rachel Marrero says no amount of money will ease the pain of losing her husband.

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