PMB: gynae guilty of negligence

2012-05-23 00:00

LOCAL gynaecologist Dr Gabriel Buthelezi was ruled by a high court judge to have been negligent when he performed a total abdominal hysterectomy on a woman in February 2006.

The patient suffered from medical complications following the surgery performed at a local private hospital on February 13, 2006, and had to undergo further operations to cure her condition.

Judge Achmat Jappie ruled in a reserved judgment that the gynaecologist did not exercise the skill and care required of him during the course of the operation, and that he was consequently liable to pay his former patient damages.

The amount of the settlement will be determined by way of agreement between the parties or during a separate trial.

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