Austrian woman gets wrong leg amputated: reports

Jul 02, 2010

A 90-year-old woman who went in to get her leg amputated last month at a hospital in Sankt Johann, Tyrol, had the wrong limb removed, Austrian media reported Friday.

The patient, who suffered from vascular disease, was meant to have her leg amputated below the hip and went in for the operation on June 16.

After realised they had removed her healthy leg, the elderly woman finally had the correct limb amputated in a second operation a few days later, reports said.

The prosecution in Innsbruck has now launched an investigation for "injury by negligence," while the surgeon who handled the procedure has been suspended after 25 years on the job, the Austria Press Agency reported.

In a statement, the said human error as well as a breakdown in safety measures were to blame for the mistake, adding that it would "do everything to guarantee this incident is clarified without fault."

The patient's life was not in danger and she was due to leave hospital in the next few days, the reports said.

Her relatives had asked the hospital not to make the incident public, the management told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper, which first reported on it.

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Quantum_Conundrum
not rated yet Jul 03, 2010
Lovely.

Such incompetence is insane. This entire surgical team should be fired and have their licenses revoked. This is one of the worst medical accidents ever.
Jayofalltrades
not rated yet Jul 03, 2010
She would sue, but she doesn't have a leg to stand on in court.