A diabetic teenager who fell ill on holiday died when bungling medics injected her with a sedative instead of insulin, a report has revealed.
Tragic Izmirian Elif Akpinar, 19, had been on holiday in Manama, Bahrain, but fell ill at the airport shortly before her flight home to Turkey on 6th March.
She was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex, where she was kept under observation for two days before dying of a heart attack.
A new report by the Attorney General of Bahrain suggests there was negligence and error in her diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment, the family’s lawyer has alleged.
Grieving mum Aysel Cankaya alleges that her daughter was not given access to a translator and was given a sedative instead of insulin therapy.
Later, says the report, the teen was wrongly administered psychiatric drugs used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s disease.
Shortly afterwards, her heart stopped and she had to be brought back to life by CPR.
But Izmirian’s heart stopped a second time, said the investigation report, due to complications from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and acute kidney failure.
DKA is when the body starts to run out of insulin and harmful, life-threatening substances called ketones build up.
The earlier autopsy report – also in the investigation file – said her blood sugar level at the time had exceeded 40, when it should have been in the range of three to eight.
Izmirian was buried in Menderes District, Izmir Province on 20th March.
Her mother and lawyer Mustafa Ruhan Erdem are now preparing to sue the hospital over the alleged blunder, Prof. Erdem told Turkish media.
The lawyer said: “We have a demand for those responsible to be found and punished and for compensation to be paid.”
He added: “We will contact a lawyer’s office in Bahrain and start the judicial process soon.”