Sunday, September 13, 2015

Medical Error by Soliman Fakeeh Hospital Jeddah: Mother rejects SR 2.4 million compensation

It was supposed to be a 10 minute long routine procedure for the 4 year old Mohammed Abdul Aziz Yahya when he walked, happy and cheerful, in to Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (Jeddah) on 9th February, 2006. Nine years later he still hasn’t left. Although the doctors and the government appointed medical commission have all given up hope, the mother, Halima Muzzamil Hussain, a 40 year old Ethiopian citizen, is still hopeful that her son will still be able to walk out of the hospital on his two feet.

The nightmare began nine years ago when, the then 4 year old, Mohammed Abdul Aziz Yahya started having minor breathing difficulties so his parents brought him to Jeddah for the best possible medical care. They visited a paediatrician, whose name the parents don’t remember, didn’t raise any alarm but recommended a minor routine adenoidectomy. The procedure was supposed to be performed by Dr.Mohammed Ismail Zawji, who is a specialist. On the morning of the scheduled procedure the family arrived from Makkah (where they reside) to Jeddah. The procedure began and ended fairly normally and the patient was transferred from the operating room to the normal room as routine but within a few hours the patient arrested and required to be resuscitated, after which he was transferred to the intensive care unit.

In the ICU (intensive care unit) he was ventilated and given intensive therapy to reduce swelling in the brain and control seizures according to the chart. Mohammed Abdul Aziz Yahya hasn’t been able to move his limbs or even talk since, he just blinked his eyes and soon after he went into a deep sleep. The patient’s family kept waiting for their son to wake up as the days turn into months and months into years. According the parents the hospital was very supportive and didn’t charge them anything for the nine years he has been under their care and even provided the mother with residence on the hospital campus. Even the late Dr. Soliman Fakeeh, the founder of the hospital, regularly visited the patient and reassured the parents that their son will be alright.

Three years after the surgery and after no improvement in their son’s condition the mother, Halima approached the Health Ministry. After a little help from Ethiopian consulate and a prince, a commission of six eminent doctors form the best government hospitals and departments was formed to look in to the case. About six years and a thorough investigation later the commission delivered its report on 16th June, 2015. The commission held the hospital 100% responsible for the mistake and ordered the hospital to pay SR2.4 million as compensation. The hospital has put a condition that once the family accepts the money their son should leave the hospital.

Halima has rejected the money stating that she doesn’t want or need the money she just wants her son to get better. No matter whose mistake it was, our heart goes out to the patient and his family.

Source: Arab News

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