Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Experts say medical staff failed to save arrested Cucchi

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Rome, January 16 - Doctors and nurses paid no
attention to the mistreatment and malnutrition that took the
life of Italian detainee Stefano Cucchi, according to an expert
report released Wednesday during a criminal court trial into his
death.
The judicial report backs up findings from forensic exams
into the death of Cucchi, a 31-year-old surveyor's clerk who
died on October 22, 2009 while in police custody in Rome.
That earlier forensic evidence concluded the Cucchi was not
properly treated by hospital staff, and that his death was
caused by a "severe shortage of food and liquids".
The findings of the experts is important for the criminal
trial of 12 people, including six doctors and three nurses from
Rome's Pertini prison hospital along with three jail staff.
They stand accused of contributing to his death by
abandonment, abuse of office, causing injury, and abuse of
authority.
Meanwhile, Cucchi's father demanded an apology from Italy's
minister of justice, adding he has been forced to mortgage the
family home to pay legal bills.
"Stefano is just the tip of an iceberg that shows how the
system is wrong," Giovanni Cucchi said outside the court
proceedings.
Wednesday's expert report also noted that shoddy records
were kept at the Pertini prison clinic where Cucchi died, with
few notes on the victim's weight, body temperature, or heart
rate while he was a patient.
"The doctors never realized that they were facing an
important case of malnutrition, and did not monitor the patient
in this respect, nor ask for the intervention of specialists,"
concluded one of the court-appointed experts Marco Grandi.
He said doctors in the case also paid "little attention to
a physical examination of the patient".
An autopsy shortly after Cucchi's death found he was
severely dehydrated, had two broken vertebrae and internal organ
damage.
The report also said that "the traumatic injuries on
Cucchi's body correspond with both aggression and with an
accidental fall".
A previous parliamentary committee concluded in 2010 that
Cucchi died from severe dehydration.
Prosecutors at hearings in April 2010 said that the doctors
failed to carry out even "the most basic checks" on the injured
detainee, a drug addict with a history of health problems caused
by low blood sugar.

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