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Boy 10, dies from head injury, mother accuses doctors of negligence (update 2)

A 10-year-old boy from Larnaca has died from a head injury sustained while playing basketball at school with his mother accusing hospital staff of being indifferent and not treating him properly.

The incident happened at Alethriko at around 11am. The boy was rushed to hospital and was treated in the A&E. He was discharged but he was readmitted two hours later feeling ill.

He was transferred to Nicosia general hospital due to the severity of his condition but he died later despite doctors’ efforts.

His grief-stricken mother, whom reports said had worked as a nurse in the past, accused doctors at Larnaca hospital of not taking proper care of the child and sending him home after about 25 minutes.

“They didn’t observe him properly,” the mother said.

She said no triage was done and the doctor had hardly touched the haematoma on the child’s head.

When she suggested doing a CT scan, the doctor said it wasn’t necessary for everyone who had a fall and an X-ray was enough.

“’He’s fine, take him home,’” the doctor said, according to the mother.

The 10-year-old seemed fine during the first hospital visit, but after he returned home he felt very ill and was rushed back to the A&E. It was decided to transfer him to Nicosia but on the way, he had a heart attack.

“He had a heart attack on the way here and I’ve lost my son,” the grieving mother said outside Nicosia general hospital.

She blamed the system for her son’s demise, saying everyone wanted to be a government employee just for the benefits.

“There are no proper doctors in this country. Now I don’t have a son, but they have jobs and are being paid.”

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou and Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris ordered separate probes into the incident.

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