Doctor amputates patient's wrong leg, says 'I don't just know'
A Doctor in Austria was fined after amputating a patient's leg incorrectly.
A female surgeon severed the elderly patient's right leg instead of his left, and the mistake was only noticed two days later in a terrible episode that occurred in May 2021.
The 43-year-old was found guilty of gross negligence and fined €2,700 (£2,296) on Wednesday, December 1.
The court also awarded €5,000 in damages to the patient's widow, who died before the case went to court.
The surgeon said in court that there was a flaw in the operating room's chain of command.
"I honestly don't know," she answered when asked why she had tagged the right leg but not the left.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.