The incident, which occurred at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel HaShomer in 2008, was discovered during an investigation by Israel’s ministry of health.
The patient was swabbed with an alcohol solution before the operation. Upon entering the operating theater, the surgeon requested a second swabbing – then proceeded to to cut her open with a diathermic needle. A spark from the electrical instrument set the patient alight.
The surgical team successfully delivered a healthy baby boy after extinguishing the flames and bandaging the woman’s burns. The patient required ongoing treatment including skin grafts to her buttocks and thighs and plastic surgery.
The doctor and nurse were found to be equally responsible for the accident. [News.com.au]