An English surgeon who mistakenly removed a baby’s bladder in an operation is fighting to keep her license. Pierina Kapur, 43, a consultant pediatric surgeon, insists that her surgical performance was “inadequate” but that she did not engage in misconduct that should result in serious discipline. In the meantime, the baby will need a catheter for the rest of her life.
Kapur mistook the girl’s bladder for for a hernia and only realized her blunder when the girl was admitted to the intensive care unit with acute kidney failure.
She is also accused for failing to arrange for blood tests or an ultrasound.
The girl is now 18 months and not only will require a catheter for the rest of her life but a series of operations. Normally this type of hernia operation would take about 15 minutes and is considered a relatively simple surgical procedure.
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