I WAS SACKED FOR GIVING MUM WRONG DRUG; Darren doc admits past blunder.
John Evans-Appiah yesterday admitted committing the blunder while he worked at Falkirk Royal Infirmary in 1993.
He was supposed to give the patient, who had just given birth by Caesarean section, a drug to contract her uterus.
Instead he gave her a muscle relaxant, which caused total paralysis and left the woman, Jane Smith, awake but unable to speak.
Evans-Appiah said he had picked up the wrong drug from a trolley and that the label had not been clear.
He said the patient subsequently recovered.
Evans-Appiah's mistake was revealed on the third day of a fatal accident inquiry into the death of Darren Denholm, 10, of Armadale, West Lothian.
Darren had gone to the Peffermill Dental Centre in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, for a routine tooth extraction.
He had a heart attack and died after a general and local anaesthetic administered at the clinic reacted with each other.
This week Evans-Appiah told the inquiry at Edinburgh Sheriff Court that he did not know Darren had been given a local anaesthetic.
But yesterday dentist Hallgier Pedersen said he had administered the local anaesthetic under instruction from Evans-Appiah.
Mr Pedersen said: "I would never proceed with treatment without the anaesthetist giving the go-ahead - never ever."
Ghana-born Evans-Appiah, 57, who has held 42 jobs since coming to the UK in 1973, said he wanted to meet Darren's parents after the tragedy last October.
He said: "I wanted to tell them I was sorry. I wanted to join them in their grief."
The inquiry continues.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 16, 1999|
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