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Saturday 20 April 2013


Russian prosecutors cite negligence in child's HIV blood transfusion


Russian prosecutors said negligence resulted in a 16-month-old girl receiving blood from "an HIV-positive donor" at a St. Petersburg hospital.

The child, named Daniella, was given the transfusion in late March at Children's Hospital No. 5, RIA Novosti reported.

"Due to negligence on the part of the hospital's staff and specialists from the city's blood transfusion center, and the shortcomings of a computer program, the child was given blood from an HIV-positive donor," a statement from the prosecutors said.

Daniella was initially hospitalized in late February and treated for rotavirus but the day after she was released it was discovered that she had swallowed six magnetic parts from a toy.

The girl had surgery and then was placed in the hospital's intensive care unit, where she was "hanging between life and death," prosecutors said.

She was later given a transfusion, receiving blood that was in quarantine while undergoing tests for HIV, they said.

The risk of contracting HIV from an HIV-contaminated blood transfusion is almost 100 percent, said Vadim Pokrovsky, director of Russia's Federal AIDS Center.

"There have been some cases when there was no infection but we suspect that those cases involved incorrect documentation and not infected blood," he said.

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