Date
14 December 2017
Queen Elizabeth Hospital said the doctors who performed the operations are not specialists, although they have adequate training and were supervised by obstetric specialists. Photo: HKEJ
Queen Elizabeth Hospital said the doctors who performed the operations are not specialists, although they have adequate training and were supervised by obstetric specialists. Photo: HKEJ

Queen Elizabeth Hospital confirms surgical mishap

Two women sustained punctures in their uterus during emergency procedures following complications after giving birth, Queen Elizabeth Hospital said, confirming an earlier media report.

The hospital said the perforations were repaired immediately, RTHK reported.

The separate cases happened in December last year and earlier this month, the report said.

The doctors who performed the operations were not specialists, although they had received adequate training and were supervised by obstetric specialists, the hospital said.

Dr. Danny Leung, president of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society, told the broadcaster the procedure is a relatively simple one, but it’s more risky if the patient has just given birth because the wall of her uterus has been stretched and has become thinner.

Health minister Dr. Ko Wing-man said the hospital’s Obstetrical and Gynaecological Department is short of three full-time doctors.

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