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An Austrian courtroom has fined a surgeon for amputating the fallacious leg of an aged affected person, a spokesperson for the tribunal within the northern metropolis of Linz stated Wednesday.
While the 43-year-old defendant stated her actions had been as a result of “human error”, the choose discovered her responsible of gross negligence and fined her 2,700 euros ($3,060), with half the quantity suspended, the spokesperson stated.
The surgeon had marked the fallacious leg of the 82-year-old affected person for amputation forward of the operation in May within the central city of Freistadt, solely noticing the error two days after finishing up the surgical procedure.
The courtroom awarded 5,000 euros in damages plus curiosity to the widow of the affected person, who died earlier than the case got here to courtroom.
The surgeon stated there had been a flaw within the chain of management within the working theatre. She has since moved to a different clinic and may attraction the judgement.
The administration of the establishment concerned stated in a press release that “the causes and circumstances of this medical error have been analysed in detail”, inside procedures mentioned with the workforce and coaching offered.
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