A four-year-old boy died in Rambam Hospital because of a chain of medical failures that left him "falling between the cracks," a Health Ministry investigative committee has found. But although the committee placed blame on doctors in the children's emergency room, the X-ray department, the children's surgery department and the anesthesiology department, it could not point to a specific cause of death because the child's family refused to permit an autopsy, Yediot Haifa reports.
According to the report, the boy was conscious and functioning when he arrived at the hospital with his mother in June 2005. The committee said one of the worst medical failures was that the child was clearly dehydrated but did not receive the necessary treatment because of "communication failures."
A few hours after he arrived at the hospital, the boy was given a general anesthetic and was sent to the X-ray department, where tubes were inserted into his stomach. The child began to vomit and stopped breathing. Attempts to revive him failed, and, just seven hours after his arrival at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
The committee said the doctors who had been questioned blamed each other or said they did not have a clear picture of the child's situation. A hospital spokesman said the hospital had "cooperated fully" with the committee and was working on correcting the "communication failures."