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Girl aged 17 dies after dental intervention abroad

19 November 2014 / 20:11:06  GRReporter
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Konstantina Anagnost, aged 17, died after having visited a dentist in her home town of Saranda in Albania, as reported by the Greek edition Ethnos. The girl who was from the Greek minority in Albania had recently lived with her mother and two brothers in the Greek city of Ioannina. Last Saturday Konstantina had visited a dentist in Saranda, where she had undergone dental surgery.

The girl fainted in the taxi by which she was travelling home and died before being taken to the hospital in Saranda. A medical team performed an autopsy and established that the death was due to pathologic causes and was not associated with the dental intervention in any way.

Immediately afterwards, the girl's body was transported to Ioannina, where forensic doctor and professor at the medical faculty of the university in the city Theodoros Vouiouklakis carried out a second autopsy yesterday, following a prosecutor’s order. According to the publication in Ethnos, he has failed to establish what caused the death of the 17-year-old girl as the autopsy in the hospital in Saranda had removed some of the vital organs.

Vouiouklakis states that the autopsy in Albania had used extremely outdated methods, which have nothing to do with contemporary scientific practice.

The newspaper refers to unnamed sources who claim that the doctors in Saranda had removed part of the heart and the brain and therefore, it was impossible to establish the causes of the girl’s death. In comments for the publication, Greek doctors state that the modern methods for performing autopsies remove only parts of vital organs, not the whole organs.

According to the results of the first autopsy, the girl died from haemorrhage caused by brain aneurysm. Due to the absence of the removed organs, however, the Greek forensic doctor cannot confirm this opinion.

At the same time, the second autopsy has not found traces of violence on the body, as assumed by Konstantina’s father in statements to the Albanian media.

Greek dentists comment that the diagnosis of cerebral haemorrhage shows that the girl had a problem with the blood vessels. According to them, their colleague from Albania should have obtained information on the health condition of the patient before the intervention and should have avoided the use of noradrenaline in the anaesthesia in the case of a possible vascular problem, as it increases blood pressure and may threaten the patient’s life.

After the failure of the second autopsy to establish the causes that had led to the death of the 17-year-old girl, it is expected that the laboratory and toxicology testing, the results of which will be ready in about two weeks, will provide the answers.

Tags: Crime newsDental interventionDeathAlbaniaSarandaAutopsyForensic doctorIoannina
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