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Doctor found guilty of negligence in death of 10-year-old boy

The boy's funeral

A doctor was on Friday found guilty by Larnaca District Court of failing to properly examine the head X-ray of 10-year-old Stavros Giorgallis, who later died from the injury.

At the same time, the court acquitted doctor Kyriakos Kyriakides who was facing a similar charge of medical negligence as the then head of the accident and emergency department of Larnaca general hospital.

However, it found guilty GP Eracles Pantelidakis of medical negligence.

Both had plead not guilty.

They were accused of failing to detect the fracture of the temporal bone in the X-ray of the deceased in May 2018.

Issuing a 146-page judgement, the district judge said the defendant misdiagnosed the child’s imaging test. The doctor had said the child had a mild head injury and discharged him. Dr Pantelidakis’ treatment was reckless and dangerous, the judge said, adding that he evaluated the child’s x-ray hastily, superficially and incorrectly.

The boy from Klavdia was injured after falling at the basketball court of Aletriko primary school during PE on May 11, 2018.

He was rushed by his mother to the A&E of Larnaca general hospital, from where he was soon discharged.

A few hours later, was taken to the same hospital again with severe headaches and reduced consciousness. From there, he was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital where he died during surgery.

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