Father of deceased child comments on daughter’s passing

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AMMAN — Leen Abu Hatab, a five-year-old girl, passed away in Al-Bashir Hospital on September 5. According to her father due Leen passed away due to a “medical error.”اضافة اعلان

Maher Abu Hatab, Leen’s father, said: “My daughter was suffering from severe pain in her stomach, and on the second of September, we took her to Al-Bashir Hospital, and the initial diagnosis was that she had a urinary tract infection. Afterward, she returned home, but she was still in pain.”

“We went to the hospital again, and the diagnosis was that she suffers from inflammation in the intestine, and with the pain being persistent, we went to a private hospital and diagnosed her condition, so they told us to go to the nearest hospital as she was suffering from appendicitis,” he added.

The father said that they went back to Al-Bashir Hospital again and that it took four hours for them to diagnose her condition. “They took her to the operating room, but the appendix had already burst, and in the next day, the child's stomach was bloated, and she had severe pain,” said the father.

According to Leen’s father, when the doctors were called after noticing the bloating, a state of tension occurred in the child’s midsection. As a result, they proceeded to perform another operation on her. By the end of the operation, Leen was pronounced dead.

The father added: “My daughter died in pain,” he noted that Leen did not stop crying and screaming from her stomach pain.

Leen's mother gave birth to her fifth child six days before her daughter's death. Currently, the father shared that the mother is engulfed with grief and cannot talk to anyone.

Leen's father blamed the surgeon for neglecting to save her life, stressing that he had not met the surgeon who performed the operation.

The Director-General of the National Center of Forensic Medicine, Dr. Hassan Al-Hawari, told Jordan News: “After the autopsy, it was found that the cause of death was bacteremia, which happened following the appendectomy operation, and that there are specialized committees that will determine whether a medical error has occurred or not.”

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