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Doctors being questioned in probe into baby’s hospital death

Makarios Children's hospital

Doctors and other people involved are being questioned by police as part of an investigation into possible medical negligence following the death on Monday of a 20-month-old baby at Makarios children’s hospital.

Limassol police spokesman Marinos Vasiliou said a lawyer representing the family had made a formal complaint on Thursday regarding the case.

Following the complaint, investigators started taking statements to ascertain the conditions of the boy’s death, the spokesman said.

Vasiliou said the complaint was general and did not name specific people.

He said some doctors have already been questioned but the probe was in its early stages.

The boy had been rushed to Limassol general hospital by a private paediatrician on Sunday evening with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Accompanied by a paediatrician, an anaesthetist, and a nurse, the boy was rushed to Makarios hospital where he died early on Monday.

A post-mortem was carried out on Wednesday by state pathologist Angeliki Papetta and private pathologist Marios Matsakis, representing the family.

Papetta told the Cyprus News Agency that the precise cause of death will be determined through specialised tissue and microbiological tests conducted at the Institute of Neurology and Genetics.

Matsakis told state broadcaster Cybc that the cause of the boy’s death was pneumonia and sepsis, brought about by Type A flu.

Influenza is a contagious viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. Type A influenza is the most serious and known to cause widespread outbreaks and diseases. There is also type B and C.

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