Cardiologist jailed for baby's death

30th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Utrecht Court jailed a former child cardiologist on Tuesday for 18 months, six of which were suspended, for taking irresponsible risks in the treatment of a seven-month child who died in March 2001.

30 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Utrecht Court jailed a former child cardiologist on Tuesday for 18 months, six of which were suspended, for taking irresponsible risks in the treatment of a seven-month child who died in March 2001.

The court convicted 45-year-old Anton H. of culpable homicide and ordered him not to work as a cardiologist for six years. H. was acquitted of a manslaughter charge, as the court ruled he had acted in the medical interests of the child.

But the cardiologist was also jailed for possessing a large amount of child pornography.

Working at the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital in Utrecht, the inexperienced cardiologist placed a stent in one of the baby's arteries to prevent a constriction of the blood vessel.

The procedure was rare and according to the court should only have been performed by a team of very experienced cardiologists. The court said H. had grossly overestimated his capacities in a treatment that was not medically urgent.

The court also said it was bizarre that the defendant was charged with possessing tens of thousands of child pornography images on his computer. This showed, the court said, that H. could not control himself.

Both the public prosecutor and the defence are considering appealing the ruling.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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