Boy, two, chokes on death in his own blood in the Ukrainian hospital after a routine stomach examination went terribly wrong
- Maksim Mygovych went to the Kiev hospital on February 4 after swallowing plastic
- Doctors arranged an endoscopy the next day to inspect his stomach
- But the boy’s esophagus was pierced, making his throat fill with blood
- Brought to intensive care after suffocation and turning blue, but could not be saved
A two-year-old boy died in Ukraine after being choked in his own blood when a routine stomach examination went horribly wrong.
Maksim Mygovych died on February 5 in the children’s clinic in Kiev, where he was taken the previous day after swallowing a piece of plastic.
Doctors had ordered an endoscopy – in which a tube with a camera is inserted into the throat of a patient – to try to find the plastic in his stomach.
Maksim Mygovych, two, died in a Ukrainian children’s hospital after his throat was pierced during a routine stomach examination, causing him to choke on his own blood
During the procedure, Maksim was forced to sit still by his parents while a doctor inserted the endoscope into his esophagus.
The boy’s mother, Olena Mygovych, told the local media: “We were told that we should hold our son while the doctor passes the thick tube along [throat].
Maksim tried to pull out of our hands and cried heavily.
“Then the doctor said he saw nothing and that the procedure had to be repeated.
“I left the room because I could no longer bear my son’s suffering.”
The child’s father, Yury Mygovych, added: “Then he [the endoscopist] pulled the tube out for the second time it was covered with blood.
“My son’s neck swelled terribly. He turned blue and started bleeding from the mouth.
Mother Olena Mygovych (left) explained how she had to hold her son by a doctor during the inspection before father Yury (right) remembered when his son turned blue and started bleeding from his mouth.
“Then he started choking on the blood and I felt his heart stop beating.”
Doctors rushed Maksim to intensive care in a state of clinical death and tried to breathe new life into him, but the boy died, say Ukrainian media.
A few hours later, the parents received a death certificate stating that their son was suffocated by cracks in his esophagus.
The police have now launched an investigation to determine whether the doctor who conducted the exam can be held criminally liable for the boy’s death.
Svitlana Bragynska, head of the surgical unit at the hospital, said: “Gastroscopy was arranged for the boy because he had blood in his stomach.
“During the procedure, he suddenly started bleeding and was taken to intensive care in a state of clinical death. We don’t know why it happened. “
After the incident, the law enforcement agency started a criminal case for non-performance of professional duties resulting in the death of a person.
Anton Yefimov, the deputy head of the local prosecutor’s office, said: “A forensic investigation is being conducted to determine the exact causes of the child’s death.
The police have opened an investigation at the children’s hospital in Kiev (photo) to see if the endoscopist can be held criminally responsible for the boy’s death
“The police are currently questioning hospital staff and parents.”
According to reports, the endoscopist will receive a maximum of five years in prison if his guilt is proven.
Meanwhile, the gastroenterologist Galina Saltykova explains that gastroscopy is painful, even for adults, and that the boy should have been put to sleep before the procedure.
She said: “Gastroscopy is a pretty painful procedure and not every adult can handle it.
‘Children under the age of six must be anesthetized before undergoing it.
“The size of the endoscope must also match the height and weight of a child.”