Austrian hospital amputates bad leg of elderly patient
VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian hospital has amputated a patient’s bad leg, he said Thursday, accusing human error of what he called a “tragic mistake”.
The elderly patient suffers from numerous illnesses, the Freistadt clinic, in a town of the same name near the Czech border, said in a statement. Previous illnesses affected her legs to the point that her left leg required amputation.
“We are deeply shocked that on Tuesday, May 18, despite quality assurance standards, the bad leg of an 82-year-old man … was amputated,” the clinic said, adding that the error was noticed. for the first time during a bandage change on Thursday morning.
The mistake appears to have been made shortly before the operation, when the leg that was to be amputated was marked, the clinic said.
“Unfortunately, the error, in which the right leg was removed instead of the left, occurred as a result of a sequence of unfortunate circumstances,” he said, adding that he was investigating what happened and that he would revise his standards.
The patient has been offered psychological assistance and has yet to undergo yet another operation to remove his left leg from mid-thigh.
“The operation is scheduled soon,” the clinic said.
(Reporting by François Murphy; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
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