Austria: Patient’s leg amputated – doctor convicted

It was appalling for a patient in Austria. After he woke up from anesthesia, he lost the wrong leg. During an operation in May 2021, an 82-year-old man had not the left but the right leg amputated at the hospital in Linz.

Because of this incident, the surgeon has now been sentenced to a fine of 2,700 euros, half of which has been suspended. The Linz Regional Court ruled that the 43-year-old doctor was guilty of negligent bodily harm. In the procedures, the doctor only admitted to having committed a “mistake”, but denied “gross negligence”.

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