Colleagues in the UK, have rallied to save the Nigerian-born doctor, Hadiza Bawa-Garba who was found guilty of manslaughter after a series of gaffes she made led to the death of a six-year-old, Jack Adcock from being banned from practising.
Leading up to Jack’s death in 2011 at Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital, Bawa-Garba misdiagnosed the deceased with gastroenteritis, when he had sepsis. She spent three hours to examine X-rays revealing he had a chest infection, and then ignored blood tests showing signs of kidney problems.
The doctor, who hails from Kaduna, also failed to make it clear in Jack’s notes he should not be given a drug which lowers blood pressure and is unsuitable for people in septic shock. When he suffered a septic shock, leading to a ‘crash call’ for doctors to revive him, Jack was mixed up with a discharged patient who had a ‘do not resuscitate’ instruction on his notes – and the resuscitation was called off.
Found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence by a majority verdict of 10-2, Bawa-Garba was ordered to pay £25,000 in prosecution costs but was spared jail due to the state of her son’s health who is autistic.
The General Medical Council also suspended her from medical practice for a year. However, thousands of doctors have signed a letter protesting against the decision to strike her off.
Report said 7,500 doctors have now signed a petition, with the signatures collected over 24 hours claiming if a life ban is slammed on her, it could put doctors off admitting mistakes in future.