Reno Couple Accuses Renown of Deceptive Practices

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno parents of a young girl with leukemia are suing Renown Regional Medical Center and its former pediatric oncologist, claiming they misrepresented the hospital's ability to care for their child and violated the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Clint and Rebecca Echevarria say hospital officials falsely suggested it was the only facility in northern Nevada that could treat their 3-year-old and told them she wasn't stable enough to move to Children's Primary Hospital in Utah.

The suit, filed last week in Washoe District Court, also says the Reno hospital misrepresented its affiliation with a group of experts who oversee clinical trials for children with cancer.

Lawyer Bill Jeanney (Jeh-NAY'), who represents the family, told the Reno Gazette-Journal ( ) Renown put the child's health at risk solely for financial reasons.

Renown officials declined comment, citing privacy regulations.