EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader
Find Us
ADVERTISEMENT

Austrian man has the wrong leg amputated in 'tragic' mistake

The clinic has apologised for the error
The clinic has apologised for the error Copyright Credit: Pixabay
Copyright Credit: Pixabay
By Euronews with DPA
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

An elderly man in Austria has had the wrong leg amputated after a "tragic" mistake at a clinic near the Czech border.

ADVERTISEMENT

An elderly man in Austria has had the wrong leg amputated at a hospital in Austria after a "tragic" error.

The 82-year-old man was supposed to have his left leg removed on Tuesday, the Freistadt clinic said in a statement.

But shortly before the operation, the wrong limb was marked. The mistake was only discovered during the bandage change on Thursday.

The clinic - located near the Czech border - has described the incident as a "tragic treatment error" and has publically apologised.

The Upper Austrian health holding company has launched an investigation into the error, alongside the country's public prosecutor's office.

According to the company, the patient was suffering from many illnesses affecting his legs, one so severely that amputation was required.

"Unfortunately, due to a chain of unfortunate circumstances, the mistake happened," a press release said.

"We assure you that we are doing our utmost to clarify the case and to review and question all internal procedures".

The patient and his relatives had been offered psychological help, the company added. The elderly man also still needs to have his second leg removed for the original operation.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Clean-up underway in Austrian towns after severe storms

Austria closes Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

Does Austria's capital Vienna have a crime problem?