Botched surgery robs woman of breast in Egypt

Cairo: A top Egyptian court has ordered the sacking of two doctors at a state hospital from their jobs after convicting them of conducting an operation that mistakenly removed a woman patient’s breast, private newspaper Al Masri Al Youm reported Sunday.

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The verdict was passed by the High Administrative Court against the head of the surgery and tumour department and a tissue analysis specialist at the Educational Matariya Hospital in Cairo, the paper said.

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Both doctors were found guilty of inflicting a permanent disability on the woman after they performed a mistaken mastectomy on her. After the operation, medical investigations proved that the woman suffered a minor inflammation, not a cancer tumour, and as such, the breast-removing surgery should not have been carried out.

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“The two doctors’ grave mistake robbed the woman of enjoying part of her body by removing her breast for no good medical reason after she had paid hard-collected 11,000 Egyptian pounds (Dh2,552) in fees for the unnecessary operation,” the court was quoted as saying.

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The court’s ruling upheld an earlier decision by a state-run hospital agency sacking the two doctors. Their names were not disclosed.

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