Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
THURSDAY, 24 APR 2014
09:33 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
AUBMC denies wrongdoing in patient deaths
File - People stand in front of the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
File - People stand in front of the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
A+ A-

BEIRUT: Two patients who died suddenly in late October at the American University of Beirut Medical Center passed away due to natural causes, the hospital said in a statement, which also denied that medical error or negligence were to blame for the deaths.

MTV, a local television station, reported in November that two patients died “suspiciously” at the Beirut hospital a day after the man and the woman underwent surgeries and were not in critical condition. The channel also said that one of the nurses might have had a role in the deaths of the two patients.

But the AUB Medical Center said that a comprehensive review of the two deaths was completed, and according to the autopsy “there is no evidence to suggest intentional death.”

AUBMC director Adnan Tahir said in the statement that the hospital had requested an investigation by the Lebanese Order of Physicians, under the guidance of the Health Ministry.

The report concluded that the deaths were a result of “natural causes,” his statement said.

The report also concluded that there was no medical error or negligence in both cases.

The center said that it had conducted its own internal review that was consistent with the Order of Physicians investigation, and showed the patients did not suffer a viral or bacterial infection that caused their deaths.

It said that an internal task force reviewed the two incidents, and the autopsy results were produced by international laboratories.

The results were reviewed by an independent committee including members of the Order of Physicians and the Syndicate of Private Hospitals.

“The results and findings have been shared with the families of both patients,” said Tahir, who is also AUBMC’s Chief Medical Officer. “AUBMC extends its condolences to the families and thanks them for their strength and patience during this trying time.”

MTV had identified one of the dead patients as Michel Aql, while the woman was identified by her last name, Hdouri.

In its statement in November, AUBMC said the media report was inaccurate, adding that the hospital would share the results of the autopsy reports after receiving the approval of the patients’ families.

The hospital also denied media reports about a third patient who also died in the same week.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 21, 2013, on page 3.
Home Lebanon News
 
     
 
Lebanon
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
More from
Kareem Shaheen
 
 
After ‘Lebanese’ session, search for president to involve region
 
 
STL defense: Lebanon unwilling to cooperate
 
 
Election session set for next week, white smoke unlikely
 
 
Students show signs of PTSD after deadly bombings
 
 
Dialogue ongoing between Hezbollah, Egypt
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS