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Apr 24, 2014 11:09 AM by AP

Mexico closes clinic in hyperbaric chamber death

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities have temporarily closed a private clinic after a patient was found dead inside a hyperbaric chamber.

The federal oversight agency in charge of medicines and health care says service at the Hyperbaric Medicine of Toluca clinic will be suspended while authorities investigate whether it followed appropriate procedures.

The agency said late Wednesday that 70-year-old Filemon Consuelo Loria died in the chamber in Toluca, a city just west of the capital in Mexico state. State prosecutor Miguel Contreras earlier gave his age as 60.

Prosecutors detained a doctor and three workers at the clinic after Consuelo Loria was left inside the chamber overnight. He suffered from diabetes.

Investigators haven't determined if he was left inside the oxygen-enriched chamber by mistake or on purpose.

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