Malaysian parents question why doctors amputated baby's toes when she had intestinal problems

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KUANTAN - The parents of a seven-month-old baby girl want to know why a doctor amputated all the toes on her left foot when she was admitted to hospital for intestinal problems.

Muhammad Aizat Mohd Zin, 30, said his daughter Nuraisy Aurora Alisya had been undergoing surgeries for intestinal problems at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan when her left foot suddenly turned black.

"There was an SpO2 device tied tightly to her left foot. We believe it caused her foot to become swollen. It got worse, as though her foot had been burnt.

"Then it turned gangrenous and the doctors said part of her foot had to be amputated," Muhammad Aizat said at his house in Taman Tanah Putih Baru here yesterday.

Siti Umi Kalsom Suparman, the 27-year-old mother, said she had initially refused to allow the amputation but was told it would get worse if there was no surgical intervention.

Part of the foot was amputated on May 16.

"We had to accept that our daughter will have to grow up without her left foot.

"I have asked the hospital for an explanation, but they kept telling me it was under investigation. There was no apology at all for what happened," said Siti Umi Kalsom.

Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung said he would seek an explanation from the hospital.

According to records in Siti Umi Kalsom's hospital check-up book, the baby developed burn injury after an operation on Feb 27.

Dressing was done but it worsened with swelling of the foot and turned into a third-degree burn.

It was understood that the investigation by the authorities had been forwarded to the Health Ministry for action.