Court jails 4 doctors for involuntary manslaughter after botched liposuction

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AMMAN — A judicial panel at the Amman Magistrate Court handed four doctors varying prison sentences after convicting them of involuntary manslaughter. This came after the court determined that a liposuction surgery the doctors performed on a woman resulted in her death. اضافة اعلان

The medical personnel who were convicted include the surgeon, who got three years in prison, a second surgeon and the anesthesiologist, who got one year each, and another anesthesiologist, who got six months.

The decision is subject to appeal before a higher court.

Court documents revealed that the woman was admitted to the hospital to have scar revision surgery and liposuction, however, she then underwent additional procedures while in the operating room, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The court also found that the surgeon who operated on the victim was not a plastic surgeon, adding that he spent over three hours performing liposuction and other surgeries in an operating room without an intensive-care operating theater, despite the surgeries requiring it.

The defendants continued surgery despite the victim's condition worsening. They also failed to provide proper autologous transfusion management, the court said.

The Ministry of Health’s report stated that the victim's condition deteriorated during a lengthy operation, and the attending physicians did not act in a timely manner to save her life.

According to the ruling, one of the doctors operating on the victim was also performing surgery on other patients at the same time, and he continued to operate on the victim despite a serious drop in the patient's vital signs.

Public Prosecution witnesses testified that the chief surgeon removed seven liters of fat during the operation, when the recommended amount is three to four liters.

The victim underwent 12 hours of surgery, according to witnesses, and the attending physician spent no more than an hour in the operating room at any given time.

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