OGDEN -- The state has paid a woman $99,000 to settle a lawsuit against Ogden School District over the death of her 7-year-old son in 2010 from a congenital heart condition.
Assistant Utah Attorney General Philip S. Lott, who represented the school district, confirmed Monday that settlement funds have been provided to Maria Flores.
The settlement does not mean the Ogden School District is acknowledging fault in the death of Flores' son, Jose Edwardo Flores Bedolla, who was a first-grader at Horace Mann Elementary School, Lott said.
Flores and her attorney, James R. Hasenyager, could not be reached for comment regarding the settlement.
Donna Corby, a spokeswoman for Ogden School District, issued the following statement regarding the boy's death:
"On behalf of the Ogden School District, we would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are still with them."
Flores' lawsuit said the Ogden School District didn't take precautions to prevent the death of her son, who is called Edwardo in the suit.
Edwardo had a congenital heart condition, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, according to the lawsuit.
The condition occurs when the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped, according to Mayo Clinic.
When Edwardo entered kindergarten and first grade at Horace Mann, his heart condition and medical care needs were explained to school district officials, his teachers and the school's administrative staff, the lawsuit said.
The suit also claimed the school district failed to formulate an Individualized Health Care Plan and Emergency Care Plan for the boy.
On Oct. 29, 2010, Horace Mann held a Halloween parade for students, and Edwardo participated, dressed as a policeman.
However, Edwardo's heart condition made him susceptible to becoming hypoxic, which means he did not get enough oxygen to his heart and body, according to the suit.
"Edwardo began to exhibit signs and symptoms of his medical condition including difficulty breathing as he became hypoxic," the lawsuit states. "He was told to sit on a bench outside the school office to wait for his mother or another family member to come pick him up."
Edwardo later died at McKay-Dee Hospital from heart failure.