Obstetrician reprimanded after fatal outcome of botched surgery

Dr Samy Alfy Nassief, came before a NSW Medical Board Professional Standards Committee after the woman, 29, died as a result of his surgery at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital in April 2009.

The committee said after the woman presented with pain and vomiting Dr Nassief believed she had an ectopic pregnancy and performed laparoscopic surgery.

In surgery the patient experienced excessive bleeding but Dr Nassief failed to find the source. The patient went into cardiac arrest and died. The cause of death was recorded as “catastrophic intra-abdominal haemorrhage” brought on by his methods.

“In the course of performing laparoscopic surgery… the practitioner inserted a trocar in such a manner that it resulted in trauma to the right common iliac artery and vein,” the committee said.

“The injury to [the patient’s] right common iliac artery and vein caused a massive intra-abdominal haemorrhage. As a consequence