Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Hysterectomy death case back in court

Hysterectomy death case back in court


AN expert in the field of pathology was still in the witness stand when the trial of two PE doctors, accused of negligently causing the death of hysterectomy patient Ilse Malherbe, resumed in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday.

The case started again after a two-month adjournment.

The St George‘s Hospital doctors on trial are GP anaesthetist Mike Botha and specialist gynaecologist Marcus van Heerden.

Malherbe underwent a routine hysterectomy at the hospital in 2004 and died a few hours later.

She was the wife of radiologist Daan Malherbe.

When the case resumed Prof Jan Botha was under cross-examination by senior state advocate Johan Bezuidenhout.

Defence advocate Graham van der Spuy will re-examine Botha when the case continues today.

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