Probe Into ‘Wrong Leg’ Amputation At OKEU Hospital Ongoing

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A probe into a complaint that a botched surgery led to OKEU Hospital amputating the ‘wrong leg’ of a female patient is ongoing.

Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac made the disclosure Tuesday in an interview with reporters.

“The investigation has not ended,” Senator Isaac explained as she arrived for a sitting of the Senate.

As a result, the minister said the authorities are awaiting a report.

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Isaac indicated that based on the report the authorities will decide what has to be done.

The minister indicated that  the investigation will determine what action to take against those involved.

“You do not just send somebody on administrative leave without the necessary recommendation being made, especially in a case where you are looking at professional doctors and people in the public service,” Isaac told reporters.

Asked whether it as safe to say members of the team were still on the job, the minister said she believes so.

“Because the investigation is still ongoing, so I would think that everybody is still there,” Isaac said.

Nevertheless, she expressed the view that if action has to be taken, it would be based on the recommendations.

Isaac also said she did not know of any legal action by the family of the patient.

“It could be that they have contacted their lawyer – I am not sure,” the minister stated.

But she said she has not heard anything ‘legally.’

In addition, Isaac said she did not know the composition of the team conducting the investigation.

“They’re also working with the family to decide on the way forward,” she explained.

However, the Minister expressed the view that there’s need to give the family, the patient and the technical officials involved time to determine what is the best way forward.

Headline photo caption: Internet stock image

 

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