Doctor’s 5-yr sentence upheld for manslaughter in death of Heba al-Ayouti
Egyptian security forces

CAIRO: A sentence of five years in prison handed to a doctor for manslaughter was upheld Monday; patient Heba al-Ayouti was killed in June 2014 after being injected with a formaldehyde solution.

Two nurses, charged in the same case, were sentenced to 1-2 years in prison, respectively.

Dar Assalam Misdemeanor Court of Appeals upheld the November 2014 sentence, as it found the convicts guilty of manslaughter and negligence that led Ayouti’s death.

In June 2014, Ayouti, a 26-year old journalist, was injected with a fatal chemical instead of a radiographic dye when she underwent a scan on her ovaries at Nile Badrawy Hospital in Maadi.

The Forensic Medicine Authority reported that the doctor’s negligence was the cause of Ayouti’s death.

Similar incidents of medical malpractice have been reported at other private hospitals in the past year.

Eight-month Natalie Amgad died in September 2014 after she was poisoned by the amount of urine retention due to “negligence” pediatricians at the American Hospital in Heliopolis.

Additional reporting by Rania Amer.

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