POSTED: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 7:54am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
Some medical patients in Brownsville this week were surprised that their medical records were handed to them by a TV reporter.
You would like to think your medical records are kept guarded under lock and key, right? That's not so for several people right here in Brownsville and those records, complete with home addresses, social security numbers and medical conditions somehow ended up in a Corpus Christi dumpster, reporter Myra Arthur brings us the details.
Michael Gomez says he took these pictures of multiple medical files tossed in a dumpster at a Corpus Christi apartment complex. Inside are not only the private and confidential medical histories of patients some as young as toddlers, but also social security numbers, addresses and even birthdays.
Gomez told Action 10 he found the files tossed into two different dumpsters and the files came from a medical office in Brownsville. We drove to the Valley to contact those patients, one of which was Veronica Aguilar's own son who was referred to Dr. Madelyn Holzman in 1999. She nor her son have visited the doctor's office in Brownsville since that time.
Guadalupe Romo was at a loss for words when we showed up at her home with her son's personal information, along with her's and her husband's personal information. Dr. Holzman now works at Bay Area Medical Center and she says she keeps old records stored under lock and key and has no idea how they ended up in the dumpster. She is now questioning employees and Action 10 will hand the private information over to authorities.
Veronica Aguilar has already contacted Brownsville police and is shocked that this would happen to her.