A report recently released by Addington Hospital in Durban revealed that a patient suffered burns on most of her body after passing gas during laser surgery.
The incident occurred back last month, but has only made news headlines after a team of external experts conducted a through investigation and concluded that it was most likely caused by the gas passed by the patient, which was ignited by the surgical laser.
The anonymous patient, an Indian woman in her 30s, was undergoing an operation that involved applying a laser to her cervix, the lower part of the uterus, when intestinal gas leaked out and was set ablaze by the irradiation of the laser.
“When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire,” the experts’ report stated. Unfortunately, the woman was left screaming in agony after she suffered burns on much of her body, including her waist and legs.
The report released by Addington hospital on November 7 also mentioned that no flammable materials were in the operation room at the time of the surgery and that the equipment for the operation was functioning normally.