CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 31, 2008
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(Studio: Byron Pitts) Medical mistakes by military doctors examined; details given about the case of Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez, who claimed his skin cancer was misdiagnosed by military doctors, and about the Feres†† Doctrine, which bars active-duty military personnel and their families from suing the federal government for medical malpractice; scenes shown of Rodriguez as a fit Marine and on his deathbed and his family reacting to his death minutes after the reporter met him; photos shown of Air Force S/Sgt. Dean Patrick Witt††, whose family says he was misdiagnosed; statement from Rodriguez’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. B.W. Barnhill††, quoted. [Carmelo’s uncle Dean FERRARO†, sister Elizabeth RODRIGUEZ†, uncle Wilfredo NEGRON†- explain why they wanted a news crew there; talk about Carmelo.] [Military law expert Eugene FIDELL†- says the law doesn’t permit them to bring a lawsuit.] [Marine Corps medical officer Capt. William ROBERTS†- avoids giving answers.] The doctor who misdiagnosed Rodriguez discussed.