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Dubai civil court orders compensation for unauthorized hysterectomy

The couple initially aimed for Dh17.75 million from the hospital and physician involved.

The couple initially aimed for Dh17.75 million from the hospital and physician involved.

Court Ruling: Compensation for Medical Error

The Dubai Civil Court mandated a private hospital and a doctor to pay Dh7 million ($1.9 million) in damages to an Arab woman, along with an additional Dh1 million to her husband. This ruling followed an unauthorized hysterectomy performed without the woman’s request or consent.

Reduced Compensation From Initial Claim

Initially seeking Dh17.75 million in compensation for the egregious medical error, the court’s decision led to a reduction in the claimed amount, dismissing a portion of the claim.

Chronology of the Case

The incident traces back to October 2021 when the woman sought medical attention at a Dubai hospital, citing gynecological health concerns.

Allegedly, during her visit to this hospital, she consented to a hysterectomy and conveyed her wish to refrain from having more children.

Hospital Switch and Dissatisfaction

Subsequently, dissatisfied with the services provided, the woman opted to change hospitals.

The court’s ruling reflects the repercussions of a medical procedure performed without proper authorization, underscoring the significance of informed consent and patient autonomy in medical interventions.

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