Medical malpractice, five doctors accused of causing death of baby girl

Five doctors will come to trial for violate medical rules and methods that resulted in a dead patient. 

Prosecutor's Office of Dubăsari district completed the prosecution and dispatched the criminal case in court.

The situation was about a doctor from Family Doctor Office in Pîrîta village, Dubăsari district; a doctor from the Dubăsari Urgent Medical Assistance Subsidiary; an anesthesiologist - reanimatologist at Criuleni District Hospital; Head of the Infectious Diseases Section of the Criuleni District Hospital; Head of Reanimation Section (Anesthesia and Intensive Care) at the Criuleni District Hospital.

According to the materials gathered by the prosecutors, the family medic was detained for rule violation and being negligent while the others were detained because of permitting medical assistance for a 4-year-old girl who was in extreme condition. The baby was dead later. 

In fact, on July 31, 2014, after the mother's mother addressed her physicians because the little girl had fever and pain, they examined her superficially, diagnosed her incorrectly with "bloody tonsillitis" and did not decide to immediately inject her child. Two days later, after the girl had been hospitalized, the doctors prescribed her wrong treatment, and she died in the hospital on August 2, 2014.

In order to elucidate what happened, the prosecutors carried out a series of criminal prosecution actions and ordered medical-legal expertise, which confirmed the fault of doctors in this case.

In particular, the findings concluded that the child's death resulted from rotavirus infection, manifested by acute gastroenterocolitis with dehydration and subsequent development of meningitis, myocarditis, interstitial pneumonia, microfocal hepatitis, complicated by the toxic-infectious shock. Being admitted to the hospital, the child received treatment that did not meet the requirements of the National Clinical Protocol, which was also confirmed by the Ministry of Health. According to expert report, immediately after hospitalization, the child had received an appropriate consultation of the AVIASAN service, the chances of survival would have been much higher.

If found guilty, doctors may face imprisonment of up to 3 years, depriving them of the right to take up certain duties or to practice certain activities for up to 5 years.

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