After the hospital lights went out and there was no backup power, the doctor performed the cesarean section while being illuminated only by cell phones
A doctor performing a cesarean section at a Mexican hospital, using three cellphones for lights because of a power outage, nearly severed the newborn’s ear during the procedure earlier this month. On June 6, Karla Araceli Urizandi Martnez, 19, gave birth to Julián Adriel at Mexicalis Clinica Internacional de Especialidades (CIE), but the birth did not go smoothly.
After the hospital lights went out and there was no backup power, the doctor performed the cesarean section while being illuminated only by cell phones. Juan Adriel Solis was duly presented in the presence of gynecologist-obstetrician Dr. Born David Santoyo. But while dr. Santoyo was working to remove a hemangioma, a vascular birthmark that was causing the infant’s skull to swell, he accidentally cut off his left ear.
According to the Reforma newspaper, Urizandi is to see Dr. Santoyo said, “I don’t want to have surgery [in the dark]I don’t want to die.” To complete the procedure, the medical team, led by Dr. Santoyo Remove the infant’s left ear and part of the infantile hemangioma, sometimes known as a strawberry mark.
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Urizandi’s grandmother, Sonia Martnez Andrade, informed Reforma last week that her grandson is being treated at another hospital. His hearing will be tested to see if it has been affected. The damage caused the entire left side of the newborn’s skull to swell. According to Martnez, who also accused the hospital staff of being negligent, Santoyo has not admitted guilt for cutting off the baby’s ear. “He said to my son-in-law, ‘They cut his ear, it wasn’t me,'” she said.
The baby is already recovering from the frightening experience and the family have returned to their home, but Karla and her husband have reported an incident to the Baja California Attorney’s Office, accusing the hospital and doctors of negligence. Martnez said the surgeon left the operating room before stitching up her daughter’s abdomen. She said another doctor tried to fix the baby’s ear. Neither the medical staff nor the hospital have been disciplined so far.
Since its inception in 1993, the CIE has operated in the city of Mexicali for about 30 years. Santoyo and the other members of the cesarean team can be punished for medical malpractice, but the hospital can also face penalties such as a hefty fine and temporary or permanent closure for not having basic infrastructure. Hospitals should have emergency power sources and use them in emergencies.