@StandardMedia

Woman sues doctor, hospital for being kept hungry before surgery

3 months ago, 13 June 19:10

By: Paul Ogemba

On many occasions, doctors advice patients not to take food or drink a night before a medical surgery.

According to medical experts, skipping meals before surgery is a normal precautionary procedure to cushion patients against side effects likely to be felt during the operation if the stomach is full.

However, one woman has not taken it lightly and has sued a city hospital and a doctor for making her spend the entire day hungry in preparation for surgery, which eventually did not take place.

Miriam Said Amin claimed that Guru Nanak Hospital and Dr Joshua Mwangi subjected her to inhuman and degrading treatment when they instructed her not to eat to prepare for medical tests for her bloated stomach.

“Their neglect subjected me to unwarranted suffering and mental anguish. I dutifully obeyed the doctor’s instructions to abstain from food and drink the whole night and persevered hunger the following day, but the doctor failed to show up,” swore Amin.

Amin said she visited Guru Nanak Hospital on February 11, 2016, complaining of recurring bloated belly, where Dr Mwangi examined her before taking blood and stool samples for tests.

She said on February 25, 2016, Dr Mwangi informed her that the laboratory tests did not reveal anything, but recommended further endoscopy and colonoscopy tests on February 27.

“He prescribed some medication, which he said would cause my stomach to run continuously, and advised me not to take any food or drink from the afternoon of February 26, until he performs the tests the following day,” said Amin.

On the appointed day, she reported to the hospital at 7am. The nurses prepared and admitted her to wait for the doctor. That marked the beginning of her long wait, which lasted nine hours. Dr Mwangi did not show up.

However, the doctor, a consultant surgeon, has denied neglecting the patient and wants the petition dismissed on grounds that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear any disciplinary case against medical practitioners.

He denied neglecting Amin, stating that he had an emergency to attend to in another hospital.

He added that Amin’s condition was elective and did not require any emergency treatment. The doctor said her claims of delay and being kept hungry did not amount to degradation of her dignity.

The hospital, also in their response, denied violating the patient’s rights, arguing that there were many others who go without food for many hours waiting to be treated, but none had ever filed such claims.

“The delay was not intentional but due to a medical emergency which the doctor was attending in another hospital,” swore Dr Tom Otieno.

Lady Justice Wilfrida Okwany set the hearing date for September 26.


Read More


Category: topnews news

Suggested

1 hours ago, 19:59
@DailyNation - By: Michael Chawe
Zambian minister Emerine Kabanshi sacked over graft claims

The sackings came days after Britain announced it had suspended all bilateral funding. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 19:32
@DailyNation - By: David Mwere
Lifeline for banks as Rotich says interest cap will be revisited

Changes to the Banking Act will boost the profitability of banks. ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 19:18
@CITIZENTV - By: Aly Abich
Woman burns husband with hot cooking oil in Homa Bay

A 40 year-old fisherman is nursing wounds after his wife burnt him using hot cooking oil over alleged domestic wrangles at Sindo Township in Homa Bay County ...

Category: topnews news
2 minutes
@TheStar - By: Emmanuel Wanjala ...
Uhuru’s foreign trips good for Kenya, says CS Monica Juma

The Foreign Affairs ministry has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s foreign trips saying they have helped project Kenya's image globally and to promote the country as an investment destination of cho ...

Category: topnews news
30 minutes
@TheStar - By: Imende Benjamin
Building Bridges: Raila hosts Jubilee, NASA youths for unity talks

NASA leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday hosted Jubilee Party youth leaders who campaigned for President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2017 general election.The lot was received at the ODM leader's Capitol H ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@TheStar - By: Imende Benjamin
China's Avic International launches Sh40bn business complex in Nairobi

Chinese company Avic International on Wednesday launched its Sh40 billion Global Trade Centre in Nairobi.The trade centre in Westlands hosts three new complex towers as well as sports and hospitality ...

Category: topnews news

@StandardMedia

Woman sues doctor, hospital for being kept hungry before surgery

3 months ago, 13 June 19:10

By: Paul Ogemba

On many occasions, doctors advice patients not to take food or drink a night before a medical surgery.

According to medical experts, skipping meals before surgery is a normal precautionary procedure to cushion patients against side effects likely to be felt during the operation if the stomach is full.

However, one woman has not taken it lightly and has sued a city hospital and a doctor for making her spend the entire day hungry in preparation for surgery, which eventually did not take place.

Miriam Said Amin claimed that Guru Nanak Hospital and Dr Joshua Mwangi subjected her to inhuman and degrading treatment when they instructed her not to eat to prepare for medical tests for her bloated stomach.

“Their neglect subjected me to unwarranted suffering and mental anguish. I dutifully obeyed the doctor’s instructions to abstain from food and drink the whole night and persevered hunger the following day, but the doctor failed to show up,” swore Amin.

Amin said she visited Guru Nanak Hospital on February 11, 2016, complaining of recurring bloated belly, where Dr Mwangi examined her before taking blood and stool samples for tests.

She said on February 25, 2016, Dr Mwangi informed her that the laboratory tests did not reveal anything, but recommended further endoscopy and colonoscopy tests on February 27.

“He prescribed some medication, which he said would cause my stomach to run continuously, and advised me not to take any food or drink from the afternoon of February 26, until he performs the tests the following day,” said Amin.

On the appointed day, she reported to the hospital at 7am. The nurses prepared and admitted her to wait for the doctor. That marked the beginning of her long wait, which lasted nine hours. Dr Mwangi did not show up.

However, the doctor, a consultant surgeon, has denied neglecting the patient and wants the petition dismissed on grounds that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear any disciplinary case against medical practitioners.

He denied neglecting Amin, stating that he had an emergency to attend to in another hospital.

He added that Amin’s condition was elective and did not require any emergency treatment. The doctor said her claims of delay and being kept hungry did not amount to degradation of her dignity.

The hospital, also in their response, denied violating the patient’s rights, arguing that there were many others who go without food for many hours waiting to be treated, but none had ever filed such claims.

“The delay was not intentional but due to a medical emergency which the doctor was attending in another hospital,” swore Dr Tom Otieno.

Lady Justice Wilfrida Okwany set the hearing date for September 26.


Read More

Category: topnews news

Suggested

1 hours ago, 19:59
@DailyNation - By: Michael Chawe
Zambian minister Emerine Kabanshi sacked over graft claims

The sackings came days after Britain announced it had suspended all bilateral funding. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 19:32
@DailyNation - By: David Mwere
Lifeline for banks as Rotich says interest cap will be revisited

Changes to the Banking Act will boost the profitability of banks. ...

Category: topnews news
2 hours ago, 19:18
@CITIZENTV - By: Aly Abich
Woman burns husband with hot cooking oil in Homa Bay

A 40 year-old fisherman is nursing wounds after his wife burnt him using hot cooking oil over alleged domestic wrangles at Sindo Township in Homa Bay County ...

Category: topnews news
2 minutes
@TheStar - By: Emmanuel Wanjala ...
Uhuru’s foreign trips good for Kenya, says CS Monica Juma

The Foreign Affairs ministry has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s foreign trips saying they have helped project Kenya's image globally and to promote the country as an investment destination of cho ...

Category: topnews news
30 minutes
@TheStar - By: Imende Benjamin
Building Bridges: Raila hosts Jubilee, NASA youths for unity talks

NASA leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday hosted Jubilee Party youth leaders who campaigned for President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2017 general election.The lot was received at the ODM leader's Capitol H ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@TheStar - By: Imende Benjamin
China's Avic International launches Sh40bn business complex in Nairobi

Chinese company Avic International on Wednesday launched its Sh40 billion Global Trade Centre in Nairobi.The trade centre in Westlands hosts three new complex towers as well as sports and hospitality ...

Category: topnews news
Our App