IMSS Hospital in Puerto Vallarta found negligent in amputated baby’s arm

The CNDH issued a recommendation to IMSS for medical malpractice that resulted in the amputation of an arm to a newborn in the Puerto Vallarta hospital.

Through a communiqué, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) indicated that after investigating, elements were found that allowed evidence of violations of the rights to protect the health and best interests of children due to inadequate medical attention in tort of a newborn in the General Hospital of Zone 42 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) by doctors and nurses.

According to the mother’s story, the baby had a red dot on one of her hands, so a doctor told her that she had infiltrated a catheter and had been given zinc oxide, but it was not the case. Later they informed the mother that the baby had low platelets and would be administered an antibiotic that would arrive from Guadalajara.

One day later, the area of ​​the red dot became hard and doctors prevented the mother from having physical contact with the child.

The lesion evolved until the infection worsened, without the medical staff requesting specialized support. Later the baby was transferred to the National Medical Center in Guadalajara where the fingers of her hand began to become necrotic, so the specialty doctors decided to amputate the left arm under the elbow.

According to the CNDH, the injury was caused by the lack of adequate medical equipment, so it issued 12 recommendations to repair the damage to the newborn and her parents in accordance with the provisions of the General Law of Victims, which includes the payment of compensation, lifelong medical care for the girl, global physiotherapy for motor development, specialized medical care in orthopedics, rehabilitation among others.

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