On July 1, 2000, Ms. Melba del Carmen Suárez Peralta underwent an appendicitis operation in the Minchala private clinic. After the surgery, she suffered severe and permanent ailments. Over the next several years, she endured multiple treatments and procedures and continued to suffer from pain, nausea, and fever, which led to diverse financial, work-related and personal consequences. Despite an intent to seek timely legal remedies, through no fault of Ms. Suárez Peralta, the judiciary ruled that the statute of limitations period ran out and the victim received no remedy. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: Suárez Peralta v. Ecuador