A young girl was accidentally poisoned by a doctor in a medication mix-up at Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The mix-up occured in February, the girl’s foster mother has now spoken out after a 60-year-old man died earlier this month as a result of a suspected incorrect medication dose at FSH, reports Perth Now.
The girl went to hospital to have stitches, when a female doctor injected her several times with a dose of magnesium sulphate instead of an anaesthetic, her foster mother said.
Doctors only realised their mistake when the girl would not stop screaming in agony as they attempted to stich her wound.
Apologetic medicos later told the family there had been a mistake as the medications were stored close to each other and in similar packaging.
Magnesium sulphate can treat high blood pressure or asthma, but can cause abnormally low blood pressure and impact breathing.
“They’d be trying to stitch and she’d start screaming and wrestling off the table,” the foster mum said.
“They kept putting more and more of the magnesium sulphate into her.
“They said, ‘She can’t feel it, she can’t feel it’, but I said, ‘She’s screaming!”
The girl, whose initial wound happened when she fell into a branch in a bush while playing at home, was kept overnight for observation. She recovered without any ill effects.
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