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Woman dies after routine hip surgery in Dubai hospital


DUBAI – The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is investigating the death of a woman at a private hospital in Dubai where she underwent a routine hip surgery.

Doctors said that Betty Rita Fernandes, 42, died a few hours after the procedure. She had undergone the surgery at Al Zahra Hospital to correct a congenital joint defect.

Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, head of DHA, said a team of experts is investigating the case. He did not rule out medical negligence.

“The DHA looks into every single case of alleged negligence and/or malpractice stringently,” he said.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Al Zahra Hospital extended “deepest condolences and utmost support to the patient’s family”.

“We have made the family transparently aware of all the developments and ongoing reviews,” said Dr Mohayem Abdelghany, adding that “the thousands of surgeries done in AZHD with excellent outcomes are benchmarked to international best practice.”

Last week, a clinic in Deira came under investigation after a 24-year-old Emirati woman fell into a coma following a nose surgery.

First Med Day Surgery Centre was ordered to stop all surgeries after the incident while investigation is underway.

The comatose woman is reportedly receiving care at another clinic in Abu Dhabi. GAD/Expat Media


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