Maria Z. (74) was admitted to hospital in Horn with acute pain over the weekend, just two days after her checkup.
A surgeon found that her intestinal wall had been perforated – presumably during the colonoscopy – and despite their best efforts a team of doctors was unable to save her life.
She died as the result of internal bleeding. The hospital immediately filed a complaint about the doctor concerned.
Family members described Maria Z. as “healthy and fun-loving”.
Franz Hütter, the prosecutor in Krems, is now examining the case. “We have ordered an autopsy and will determine whether there is a malpractice case against the doctor,” he told the Heute newspaper.