Hospital mistakenly amputates legs from toddler

November 30th, 2009 - 8:27 am ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Nov 30 (DPA) Staff at a Johannesburg hospital unnecessarily amputated the legs of a 2-year-old girl who had been admitted for treatment of burns on her hands, local authorities admitted.
“The toddler … was admitted at Far East Rand Hospital and later transferred to Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital to be treated for burns on her hands. Instead she ended up with her legs being amputated,” spokesman Mandla Sidu of the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development said Sunday.

He said that a meeting was scheduled Monday to begin determining negligence in the incident of medical error, and said that those responsible would face disciplinary action “which may lead to dismissal,” South Africa’s SAPA news agency reported.

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