Paraplegic wins suit against Mediclinic

2012-10-31 10:45

Pretoria - A man has successfully sued Nelspruit Mediclinic for negligence after being rendered a paraplegic by bed sores he developed while being treated for malaria, it was reported on Wednesday.

The North Gauteng High Court found that nursing staff had not followed Mediclinic protocol on patient care, reported Beeld.

According to the newspaper, George Vermeulen, a marketing manager from White River, in Mpumalanga, was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit in May 2007, two weeks after contracting malaria during a holiday in Mozambique.

The court was told that while being treated, he developed bed sores on his heels and lower back - one of them so big a general practitioner testified he could put his fist in it.

Medical expert Professor Nanda Nel had told the court patients in an intensive care unit should be repositioned at least every two hours to avoid pressure sores, but this had clearly not happened.

Beeld reported that Vermeulen was claiming R3.95m from Mediclinic, but that the court had yet to determine the damages.

  • logical007 - 2012-10-31 10:49

    Good for GEORGE!! Nurses now are so lazy and under trained that I'm surprised more law cases are not filed against hospitals for BAD CARE!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-31 11:45

      Not all nurses boet.

      Wilma Claudine Hurn - 2012-10-31 12:01

      Very good! let the new age nurses learn something about this case, they are LAZY! 2 hourly round would have prevent this

      marc.klynhans - 2012-10-31 12:50

      Not all nurses, but a lot. My mother in law was at Kloof Mediclinic for 2 weeks and the nursing staff stand in the halls chatting and watching videos while the patients call for them. They forgot to (neglected to) give my mother in law her antibiotic, premed, prescribed protein supplement and other prescriptions. ICU and high care were good though (besides the fact that her oxygen tube fell on the ground and they just put it back without cleaning)...

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-31 10:56

    good for him, the pvt hospitals are getting as bad as the gov hospitals.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 10:59

    Well done George, now sue those nurses and the colleges from where they graduated as well, perhaps the training and quite possibly the selection process is flawed.

      Hugh Lawrence - 2012-10-31 11:47

      yep i agree poor training as usual..! its no quickfix..wen will our country start learning..!

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-31 11:02

    ONLY 3.95 million for being paraplegic. Seems like the mediclinic is getting off lightly. I value walking more than that. Thing is the clinic will get sued but the staff will get off without anything happening to them.

      dino.martin.549 - 2012-10-31 12:57

      That was my first thought as well..."only"!? R3.95mil will never buy him the ability to walk again.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-31 11:33

    Not getting as bad, past that already. Looking at what you pay at each, i would say province is better than private in a lot of instances. Although they have less resources, they care more about the patients.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-31 11:44

    Let justice prevail to all.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-31 11:54

    This goes to prove that to some people money is more valuable than life. And mediclinc is number 0ne at this.

  • Moi - 2012-10-31 11:56

    Absolutely tragic. Hopefully that money can help cover the costs in remodelling his home (wheelchair friendly) and getting a car. When my father was in our local mediclinic some years ago, everything, from dirty pyjamas to his face cloth got stolen. A lot (not all) of the mediclinic hospitals need to have a major overhaul as regards their staff.

  • sonja.swanepoel3 - 2012-10-31 12:02

    My husband, a Quadriplegic, contracted septisemia in a Medi Clinic. The specialist diagnosed him with a stroke and told me to take him home and make him comfortable to die. I did'nt accept this and took him to Rosepark Life Hospital in Bloem where he was in a coma in the ICU for 2 months. There nursing staff was the absolute best and they cared for him as one of there own. Their loving care and lots of prayers got him through and he is healthy today. It costs us R1,2000 000. I could not sue the Medi clinic, cause they are like a mafia, that covers for each others faults and neglegence. George, you are an absolute HERO, my friend!!!!!!! All of the best for you.

      loraine.r.theron - 2012-10-31 13:01

      Not only Mediclinic that is bad! Life Hospitals are the same! My daughter of 21 contracted sepsis in her left hip joint from an MRI scan in March @ Fourways Life! I eventually had her removed from there and she was seen by a sepsis Prof @ Milpark. She had a total hip replacement in August! Was wheelchair bound and in and out of hospital for almost 6 months! And she is not out of the woods yet! Sepsis can flair up at anytime again! Walking with a limp. 18-24 months recovery and a million rand later! George Good Luck!

  • janet.pretorius1 - 2012-10-31 14:15

    Is R3.95M going to cover his future medical costs and potential lack of earnings resulting from his disability now?!

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-11-01 11:36

    This is not even a government hospital so you would expect top end nursing - no one in control anymore PROFITS PROFITS PROFITS

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