Mosquito bites result in tennis-ball sized sore on arm

SINGAPORE - She believes that she was just bitten by mosquitoes, but the bites left a pus-filled sore so huge that it required an immediate operation.

30-year-old Mr Wang told Chinese Daily Lianhe Wanbao that he brought his 60-year-old mother to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) as she was complaining of a sore which had lasted strangely long.

She had been bitten by mosquitoes, which had left a few itchy spots. However, within a few days, one of the spots developed into a pus-filled sore the size of a table tennis ball.

Mr Wang told the Chinese Daily that his mother complained of chest tightness during sleep and of feeling uncomfortable, making the whole family very worried.

Last Thursday, they decided to send her to the hospital.

At the hospital, the emergency doctor took a look at her before calling an orthopaedic surgeon.

The surgeon then informed his mother that they needed to immediately operate on her arm.

Worried about his mother's condition, he asked after her situation from the doctor on duty. He was told that his mother "won't die lah".

The next day, the doctor apologised to his mother in private. SGH also issued an apology to the family regarding this matter, explaining that the doctor on duty wished to relieve the family's tension, and the remark was not intended as a insult.