Kids were given distilled water instead of chemotherapy treatments

Veracruz Gov. Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares made the accusation while describing the wrongdoings and corruption charges that his predecessor, fugitive ex-Gov. Javier Duarte, currently faces
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17/01/2017
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 A governor in Mexico says state-run hospitals apparently gave children water instead of chemotherapy treatments.

Gov. Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares made the accusation while describing the wrongdoings and corruption charges that his predecessor, fugitive ex-Gov. Javier Duarte, currently faces.

Yunes Linares told a news conference Monday that investigators had uncovered evidence of the medical fraud.

In his words, "We have tests on a medication given to children, a pediatric chemotherapy that wasn't really a medication, it was an inert substance, practically distilled water."

Yunes Linares said that "tests are being completed and at the right moment, complaints will be filed."

Duarte faces charges of money laundering and organized crime.

State employees and officials have complained that money for various programs was diverted for other uses or disappeared under Duarte.

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