MOSCOW (Reuters) – The botched surgery to repair the nose of a newborn boy who died after being born with a severe deformity was one of the most bizarre in Russia’s history, a lawyer and his family said on Monday.
The boy, who is now 11 years old, died in July when he was given a botched operation by a doctor in the city of Chelyabinsk.
His mother said she had not spoken to her husband since the accident, which took place after his birth.
He was born with an abnormal nose and was also born with spina bifida, a congenital condition that leads to the inability to breathe normally, according to the family.
His family said in a statement that they had decided to take legal action against the Chelyabadens doctor, who has been arrested and faces several charges.
The incident has shocked the nation, with some lawmakers saying that the government should have stopped the procedure and that medical professionals should be prosecuted.
The lawyer who represents the family said the family was seeking an apology and compensation for the boy’s death.
In an interview with Reuters last month, he said the surgery was not performed in accordance with Russian standards.
The baby’s mother, who gave her name as Maria, said she wanted the case to be investigated by the Russian Investigative Committee, which investigates suspicious deaths in Russia.
A lawyer for the Cheyabinsk doctor, Vladimir Ivanov, said in an interview that the baby’s parents should be investigated for their “wilful negligence” in the birth.