Shocking: Hospital officials have apologised to a mother after admitting that they allowed a 15-year-old schoolgirl to assist in the Caesarean section birth of her baby. This is a file picture
Hospital officials have apologised to a mother after admitting that they allowed a 15-year-old schoolgirl to assist in the Caesarean section birth of her baby.
The mother only found out that the teenager had wielded a scalpel in the operation at Malmö University Hospital, Sweden, when she read about it in a local newspaper.
However, the parents did not believe the teenager could have been assisting with the birth of their baby because nobody from the hospital had told them.
The truth only emerged later the same day when the surgeon called the family to admit that she'd allowed the schoolgirl - a relative of the medic - to take part in the procedure last May.
Officials also admitted that the youngster had assisted in a second birth and had shadowed the surgeon during a number of operations.
On the day of the delivery, the couple were introduced to the surgeon and her assistant - who turned out to be the 15-year-old.
The mother told the Sydsvenskan newspaper: 'I thought it was a medical student practicing patient contact, something that you do early on in your medical training. This is a university hospital so one must be prepared to meet students.'
At first the hospital dismissed complaints, saying they would never release details of the procedures.
But now they've apologised to the family for their 'shoddy' treatment.
The National Board of Health in Sweden criticised the clinic for breaching regulations that ban anyone aged under 18 from assisting in an operating theatre.
The baby's father told local media: 'We're satisfied now but the main thing is that mother and baby are both healthy.'
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