Hospital Bills Ochoa Family For 'Baby Figueroa' After Baby Was Cut From Womb

The hospital has since apologized to the Ochoa Family and Yovanny Lopez.

Bernie Tafoya
July 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Yovanny Jadiel Lopez

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn said it regrets sending a bill to the family of a baby boy who died about seven weeks after attackers cut him from his mother's womb.

Weeks after Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was killed and her baby was cut from her womb, Christ Hospital has been sending bills to Yovanny Lopez, the husband of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and listing the couple's baby's name as 'Baby Figueroa.' Figueroa is the last name of the two women charged with killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting the baby boy out from her womb.

Frank Avila is the attorney for family of Marlen Ochoa and Yovanny Lopez.

“We don’t have the medical records and my client is getting bills for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the hospital that has the Figueroa name on it and that’s atrocious,” Avila told CBS 2. “It needs to stop.”

Avila said Christ Hospital sent some $300,000 in bills for Yovanny Lopez's care.

The hospital said in a statement at least one bill was inadvertently sent in error. It didn't specify how the family was being billed and cited patient privacy in declining further comment.

“We have had discussions with the family regarding a bill that was inadvertently sent and we regret this error. We take our obligation to patient privacy seriously, and therefore are unable to comment further regarding care, services or billing.”

It’s still unclear if the name or the dates billed were considered errors.