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Hazardous Advanced Micro Devices ('A.M.D.') 'Clean Room' Chemicals Caused Multiple Birth Defects, Lawsuit Alleges
Date:11/8/2007

Medical Malpractice By Major Regional Medical Association, Two Of Its

Physicians Also Alleged

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Micro Devices ("A.M.D.") and a regional medical association that claims to treat 15 percent of Austin- area residents are responsible for multiple birth defects in an Austin youth born with a missing lower right arm and lifelong cognitive deficits, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Travis County District Court.

The youth's mother, a former A.M.D. "clean room" employee, was wrongfully exposed to birth defect-causing hazardous chemicals during her pregnancy. A.M.D. knowingly failed to protect its workers from hazardous chemicals, according to the Petition. The Petition also includes medical malpractice allegations against a family/occupational health practitioner and an OBGYN specialist at Austin Regional Clinic, P.A. ("A.R.C."), an A.M.D. contractor. MDs, George Marking and Alinda Cox allegedly failed to warn the pregnant woman of the recognized dangers posed by exposure to the chemicals, according to the lawsuit.

Austin resident Maria Ruiz, an A.M.D. employee who worked in the technology company's "Fab 14" clean room from 1988 to 2002, was exposed to a host of toxic chemicals, including ethylene glycol monoethyl ether acetate and 2-ethoxyethyl acetate which caused the birth defects in her son, Ryan. On at least two occasions during her employment, Ruiz required medical care due to inhaling chemical fumes, the lawsuit states.

In 1991, after an A.M.D.-required physical exam conducted by A.R.C., the manufacturer's occupational health contractor, Ruiz discovered she was pregnant. Dr. Marking, who made the pregnancy diagnosis, and Dr. Cox, who treated her during that pregnancy, failed to warn Ruiz of the dangers from the manufacturing chemicals. Ruiz inquired about the health risks from working in the clean room during her pregnancy, but A.M.D. responded by returning
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