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Enzo died due to a gastrointestinal infection
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Enzo died due to a gastrointestinal infection

2 min. 10.03.2017 From our online archive
Following the tragic death of four-year-old Enzo Rota-Dias a month ago, the autopsy results now reveal that he died due to a gastrointestinal infection.

(jag/sth) – Following the tragic death of four-year-old Enzo Rota-Dias a month ago, the autopsy results now reveal that he died due to a gastrointestinal infection.

Still, a lot of questions remain unanswered for Enzo's parents. During the night of February 8, they went to the hospital in Dudelange because the boy had a strong stomach ache.

They were then sent to the hospital in Esch/Alzette (CHEM), where Enzo was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal infection. He was however released from the hospital but the pain didn't disappear.

On February 10, his parents took him to CHEM again, the diagnosis remained the same and Enzo was treated with drugs only.

As his pain became worse during the night and Enzo had to vomit, his parents took him to the emergency room of the 'Kannerklinik' (children's hospital).

Tragically, Enzo died there the following morning.

The Health Ministry ordered an investigation to find out whether the treatment of Enzo's case followed established practice.

Major bacterial infection and dehydration

Enzo's parents asked for an autopsy and the results now show that a severe gastrointestinal infection had damaged the intestines.

This intestinal damage further caused dehydration and a general bacterial infection. In the end, Enzo's condition was too bad for emergency doctors at the Kannerklinik to be able to save him.

His parents, claiming that they do not accuse anybody and are not seeking to undertake legal steps, still have a lot of questions they want answers for.

Why did the doctor in Dudelange not refer them to the Kannerklinik right away? Why did the doctor in Esch/Alzette not tell the parents to go to the Kannerklinik in case the symptoms did not alleviate. Why did the same doctor not give an infusion to Enzo during the second visit, even though the child's body had been immediately rejecting every kind of fluid for the previous 36 hours? Why was no blood analysis done? Why was the emergency doctor in the paediatric department of CHEM not a paediatrician himself?

Without asserting blame, the parents demand answers to all these questions. “We simply don't want any other child to suffer the same fate”, Enzo's father said.