Egypt prosecution orders arrest of medical negligence victim's doctor, nurse

Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Jun 2014

Heba Al-Ayouti's story first gained attention on social media, where news circulated that a doctor injected her with a sterilising chemical instead of a contrast dye for a routine scan

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Heba Al-Ayouti (Photo: Heba El Ayouti's Facebook page)

South Cairo Prosecution ordered Saturday the arrest of a doctor and a nurse for four days pending investigations into a case of medical negligence that led to the death of Heba Al-Ayouti, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The prosecution's investigations showed that Al-Ayouti, 26, was undergoing a routine scan on her uterus in Cairo's private Nile Badrawi Hospital when her mother heard her screams.

The doctor told the mother that he injected Al-Ayouti with a shot for allergy, but her condition worsened causing the doctors to remove parts of her intestines.

Al-Ayouti's family flew her to Germany but she returned a day later when German doctors confirmed her worsening condition. Upon her arrival to Cairo, Al-Ayouti died.

The defendants denied to the prosecution injecting Al-Ayouti with a chemical substance. The prosecution is set to listen to the testimonies of some of the hospital's officials.

Al-Ayouti's story first gained attention on social media, where news circulated that the doctor injected her with a sterilising chemical instead of a contrast dye for the scan. Facebook pages have been set up demanding the hospital and medical personnel involved be prosecuted.

Medical negligence is alarmingly common in Egypt.

A similar incident occurred recently when scriptwriter Nadine Shams died 22 March following a health deterioration her family blamed on a medical mistake made during an operation she had had days before.

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