Grieving Family of Dead Patient Destroys Millions-Worth Operation Room in Egypt

Monday, 25 March, 2019 - 12:45
Cairo- Asharq Al-Awsat

The grieving family of a deceased Egyptian heart patient took out their rage on a LE 15-million-worth catheterization operation room at the National Heart Institute in Giza, West Cairo.

Clearing the attending surgeon and operating staff, the institute’s board chief executive, Dr. Mohammed Osama, confirmed that the patient was brought to operating table with a pre-existing high-risk emergency condition and only after the guardians had signed an exoneration of responsibility in the case of mortality.

The families were fully informed on the patient’s critical health standing making it very dangerous to undergo a heart catheterization.

In a press statement, Osama said the patient’s family members, enraged by their loss, destroyed the catheterization device and entire specialized operation room under the pretext of a medical error having resulted in the patient’s death.

Those involved were later detained by National Heart Institute security and transferred to the closest police station where they will be referred to Public Prosecution on charges of damaging public property.

Dr. Mohammed Fawzi, Secretary General of Teaching hospitals in Egypt, said : “the Public Prosecutor's Office examined the catheterization device at the National Institute of the Heart after the reported incident and ensuing arrest of the culprits.”

Footage recorded on surveillance cameras, which monitored the details of the incident, were also handed over to the investigations unit. He pointed out that “the signed maintenance company and device manufacturer were called in to identify and repair damage”.

An alternative plan had been worked out so that the catheter operation unit maintains its working schedule, he added.

It is noteworthy that the Institute had been admitting a heavy inflow of heart patients from all over Egypt, with officials revealing it was performing at a rate of 50 catheterizations per day before the catheterization device destruction.

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