Boston hospital sues Saudi prince over unpaid bills
CNN – A Saudi prince who promised to foot the bill for a 2-year-old patient’s treatment is now being sued for millions by Boston Children’s Hospital.
A complaint against His Royal Highness Prince Abdelilah bin Abdelaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Dr. Hamdy Dawoud, the personal physician and representative for the prince, was filed this week in the federal district court of Massachusetts.
It says the defendants owe $3.5 million — and growing — in unpaid medical bills for the girl whose care they agreed to sponsor in full.
The girl, whose name and other details were not given, has spinal muscular atrophy, a rare disease that affects movement and strength and requires lifelong treatment. She has been in the hospital’s care since November 2017.
But since then, the prince and his representative “have paid only $750,000 toward the patient’s care despite repeated promises that additional payment will be forthcoming,” the suit reads.
That first and only payment came by check in December 2017.
CNN reached out to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia for comment and to the hospital’s lawyers for further statements but did not hear back before publication.
Boston Children’s Hospital offers an expensive treatment for spinal muscular atrophy: the drug Spinraza, which isn’t available in the girl’s home country.
The hospital accepted the patient, who does not have health insurance in the United States, after two employees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital vouched for the prince … Read more.
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