The death of a two-month-old baby in Makarios Hospital is due to a serious and very rare complication that can cause pertussis in infants, according to the director of the Pediatric Clinic.
Dr Abraham Elias the child’s family publicly complains that his tragic end was due to medical negligence, claiming that the infant did not receive the necessary attention from his treating physicians.
The mother of the child given statements on television, complained that from April 14, when the baby was admitted to the hospital, he was sampled for a covid-19 test, but until April 16, when the result was ready, the doctors did not enter the specialist chamber to examine it.
As he stated in the main news bulletin of Alpha Cyprus, it is inconceivable, for fear of the corona, to neglect all other incidents. In fact, the child’s family says he will take legal action after the tragic development.
On April 22, his clinical picture worsened after he had difficulty breathing, so he was transferred to the Children's Intensive Care Unit.
the Pediatric Clinic of Makarios Hospital, Dr Abraham Elias, to explain what happened, he said that the baby was unfortunately lost due to a rare complication caused by pertussis.
Specifically, he said, the child was referred to Makarios on April 14 by his paediatrician for admission and was immediately treated in the ward for patients with coronavirus, due to the fact that he had a persistent cough however from the same day the child tested positive for pertussis. it was also the sample taken from his mother.
For this disease Dr. Elias explained, there is no specific treatment, only symptomatic. The infant was given antibiotics, not to help, but to prevent the transmission of pertussis to other people.
On April 17, while the coronary artery test was negative, the child was transferred to another pediatric ward, while he was in good condition, said Dr. Elias, without any other complications.
On April 21, the baby underwent an X-ray as he developed pneumonia, an effect that can cause pertussis, said Dr. Elias, so he was given an intravenous antibiotic.
On the same day, the infant’s laboratory tests showed that his white blood cells were at higher, but not dangerous, levels. The next day, his clinical picture worsened after he had difficulty breathing.
This is a rare complication of pertussis with a mortality of over 90%, however, with its transfer to the ICU, it was not intubated, said Dr Elias, but placed in an auxiliary machine.
The child was analyzed again, but on the afternoon of April 22, it was deemed necessary to intubate him, as his condition worsened and his white blood cells increased, even more, reaching a level incompatible with life.
In fact, he continued, efforts were made to reduce white blood cells, but this was not possible. Due to the above, the baby finally succumbed, said the director of the Pediatric Clinic of Makarios Hospital.