He died in Bari of an abdominal hernia: the doctors will compensate the family

BARI – They would not have diagnosed a hemorrhage in time after a “plastic surgery according to Rives” for a median hypogastric hernia, that is, an abdominal hernia. Two doctors from the Mater Dei clinic in Bari would have noticed the postoperative complication after more than 12 hours, “when the shock was in an irreversible phase” reads the documents, thus causing the death of the patient, the 55-year-old from Triggiano Diego Francesco Nitti. The story dates back to February 6, 2015. The two doctors who operated on and then followed the patient in the hours following the surgery, Enrico Restini and Sara Blasi, will have to compensate the patient’s family members. The sentence for damages, with the payment also of provisional payments for a total of 160 thousand euros in favor of his wife and three children, was established by the single judge Antonio Donato Coscia at the end of the first instance trial, more than seven years after the facts. Nitti’s family members were assisted by lawyers Angelo Loizzi and Maria Castrucci. With reference to criminal responsibility, on the other hand, the judge sentenced Restini alone to 1 year and 4 months of imprisonment (suspended sentence) for manslaughter, while he acquitted his colleague Blasi, although condemned to compensate the civil parties, because he is not criminally punishable. inasmuch as it was considered his “slight negligence”.

The judge then acquitted “for not having committed the deed” the four nurses who were accused of complicity in the manslaughter, Anna Petruzzellis, Angelo Antonio Colaianni, Nicoletta Calabrese and Ivan Leccese, assisted respectively by the lawyers Sonia Mescia, Michele Doronzo, Marisa Savino, Gaetano Castellaneta and Giovanni Piccoli. Representing the accusation at the hearing was the honorary deputy prosecutor Francesco Numo.

According to the accusatory reconstruction, “a more careful post-operative monitoring would have drastically reduced the probability of death and in any case would have made it less possible”. The first operation, that of February 5, was performed by Restini and Blasi, the first responsible also – according to the charge – for the post-operative course. The four nurses instead covered the shifts in those two days, until his death on the morning of February 6.

During the intervention – the investigations ordered by the Prosecutor have reconstructed – the hemorrhagic complication would have occurred, but diagnosed too late to be able to save the 55-year-old. The ” haemorrhage is in fact – argued the accusation – a predictable complication, but from 13.30 to 2 the next morning the health personnel would “never check the patient’s vital parameters”, despite complaining of “widespread malaise” and despite ” constant requests of the wife “to intervene to help the suffering husband. Only in the middle of the night would he be subjected to an emergency electrocardiogram following which he would be taken back to the operating room “for revision of the surgical wound.” However, the resuscitation maneuvers after cardiac arrest would have been useless at that point.

He died in Bari of an abdominal hernia: the doctors will compensate the family