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Amputation not negligence, baby had uncommon condition...says doctor
By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Nov 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM ECT
Story Updated: Nov 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM ECT
THE premature baby boy whose left arm was amputated at the San Fernando General Hospital on Friday was born with an uncommon condition of having an absence of major blood vessels that supply blood to the arm.

This according to Dr Lackram Bodoe, chairman of the South-West Regional Health Authority, who also said a preliminary report did not suggest negligence on the part of doctors or nurses at the hospital.
Dr Bodoe, in an e-mail to the Sunday Express yesterday wrote: “A preliminary report from the medical team who treated this case indicated that the infant was born with an absence of the major vessels (brachial, radial and ulnar arteries) that supply blood to the arm. This is an uncommon condition which resulted in poor blood circulation in the left arm. Our team of vascular experts agreed that in the circumstances, amputation of the forearm and hand was appropriate to save the infant’s life.

The e-mail went on: “This decision was taken in conjunction with the infant’s mother and grandmother. The infant survived the surgery and anaesthetic but remains at risk due to extreme prematurity and very low birth weight. Whilst I empathise with the family on this unfortunate situation there is no evidence in this preliminary report to suggest negligence on the part of the doctors or nurses who treated the infant.”
The two-month-old baby, who is battling a fungal infection at the hospital, underwent emergency surgery on Friday to remove the left arm from the shoulder.

The procedure was necessary as the child’s vein was ruptured while being administered intravenous fluid, causing the soft tissues in his arm to die, his relatives were told.
The baby’s 16-year-old mother was not satisfied with the treatment he received at the hospital and has demanded a thorough investigation.
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