A Russian girl was left ‘defecating through her vagina’ for three years after Russian doctors failed to realise she had been born without an anus.
Medics were given an official reprimand after repeated examinations of Varya Galtsev failed to diagnose the condition which should have been noticed at birth.
Father Andrey said doctors had ignored his concerns that his daughter’s genitals looked ‘different than normal’ and her chronic constipation issues.
Varya Galtsev, from Russia, was left ‘defecating through her vagina’ for three years after Russian medics failed to spot a birth defect that meant she had no anus
He and his wife Svetlana were regularly told not to worry and that the problems would ease without surgery, he said.
‘During a regular check, when Varya was one, we drew the attention of the doctor to the fact that her genitals looked different from normal,’ he said.
‘Besides, our daughter was suffering from constipation. But the doctors said it will get better with time.’
As a result, the girl was left ‘defecating through her vagina’, Andrey said.
Finally at the age of three she was diagnosed with ‘atresia of the anus with rectovestibular fistula’, which is what the parents suspected.
It is a congenital condition that occurs in baby girls and is usually successfully corrected by surgery soon after birth.
Varya had suffered chronic constipation since birth but doctors repeatedly assured her parents that the problems would ease with time
Father Andrey said he also mentioned to medics that his daughter’s genitals ‘did not look normal’, but they waved away his concerns
Now at the age of three she has undergone one operation and will have more surgery later this month.
‘Due to lack of attention or incompetence our daughter suffered for three years – she was doing poos through her vagina,’ he said.
‘A lot of time has been lost. Now she is in the hands of doctors from Moscow.
‘The local surgeons didn’t care about her.’
Five specialist doctors were reprimanded over the case.
CAN YOU BE BORN WITHOUT AN ANUS?
The anus is the opening in the bottom which stool passes through.
According to Southampton Children’s Hospital, around one in 5,000 babies will be born with an anorectal malformation.
These can include no anal opening, a small opening positioned in the wrong place, or a narrowed opening of the bottom.
Instead of being connected to the anus, the bowel may be joined to the urinary tract or even the reproductive system.
If this obstructs the child from passing their stools, it can raise their risk of infection. Their stomach may also become bigger.
However, if there is a fistula present, babies could pass some of their stools in their urine, or, in some cases, through the vagina.
Doctors usually spot an anorectal malformation after delivery.
Scientists are currently unsure as to why babies are born with the malformations. It is thought to just be an issue with development in womb.