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20 Mar, 2008 03:35

Head doc fired after amputation horror

The Governor of the Krasnodar region, has fired the head doctor of a hospital where a young boy had his legs amputated after an alleged misdiagnosis. Doctors thought four-year-old Nikita had tonsillitis. However, it turned out to be a case of necrosis&n

It all started on January 29. That morning young Nikita had a high fever, was constantly crying, and said his legs were hurting really badly.

Doctors said he had tonsillitis. As his condition worsened, he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with meningococcemia. But treatment was delayed as the four-year-old was ferried between hospitals in Krasnodar.

“We made a diagnosis within 24 hours but we didn't have a helicopter to transport the child quickly,” explained Larisa Samosvat, deputy head doctor.

Black spots appeared on his body and doctors finally concluded he had necrosis. Both his legs had to be amputated to save his life two days after his symptoms appeared.

The doctors who treated him have been charged with failing to carry out professional duties causing harm.
There was a similar incident in the Krasnodar region in 2006. In December of that year two-month-old Sofia Kulivets was taken to hospital. A botched injection in her arm led to the formation of a blood clot and doctors had to amputate it. A doctor and a nurse were each sentenced to one year in prison.