R26 mln claim for botched op

2016-06-09 11:10

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Pietermaritzburg - A Durban father has lodged a claim for more than R26 million against the KZN Health Department for alleged negligence relating to his daughter’s heart surgery.

She is as a result mentally and physically disabled.

The case in which Hoosen Yunus of Phoenix is suing the health authorities for R26 005 000 on behalf of his daughter Nareen Yunus (now eight years old) came briefly before Judge Pete Koen in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday.

The matter was adjourned to enable the state to file replying papers. No date for the trial has been set.

According to court papers, the child was admitted to Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital in Durban on March 29, 2010 as she was suffering from a congenital heart disorder requiring treatment and “corrective surgery”.

The child underwent a heart operation on March 30, 2010.

During the operation she was anaethetised and in order to help her to breathe, an endotracheal tube was inserted. She was also placed on a ventilator.

The papers allege that following the operation the girl was admitted to the intensive care unit, where during the course of her post operative care, the tube became dislodged.

This resulted in the child suffering a cardiac arrest and “significant, irreversible brain damage”.

As a result of the alleged negligence by staff she is permanently disabled and cannot walk, see or hear.

It is alleged that employees at the hospital breached their duty of care towards the child by failing to properly insert the tube in question; using an inferior quality tube the size of which was inappropriate for a child, failing to secure it and failing to take steps to ensure that the child could not inadvertently dislodge it.

After the tube became dislodged it is alleged the staff failed to deal promptly and appropriately with the emergency situation that arose.

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