KuukuaA Legal consulting wins a major Medical Negligence case against 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

An Accra High Court has awarded an amount of 1, 075,000 cedis against the 37 Military Hospital for medical negligence that led to the death a 27 year old pregnant woman.

The court in its judgement stated that circumstances that led to the death of Helena Brema Nyamekye, a PhD Student of the University of Ghana whose husband is a retired military officer was avoidable.

The father of the deceased and her husband Retired Captain of the Ghana Armed Forces were represented by KuukuaA Legal Consulting. They indicated in the suit that they opted for ceaserean section as mode of delivery but the doctors refused to carry out the request.

The doctors however, took her through normal delivery causing her to bleed profusely leading to her death.

This also affected the baby who suffered a deformity in the right arm.

However, the defendant in its case said the father of the deceased opted a virginal delivery and it was in the case of delivery that the plaintiff sent a text message for CS.

The defendant further argued that, the time the request was made for the CS was too late but according to the court, evidence showed that the request was made in the morning of November 11, 2015, hours before the delivery was carried out.

Presiding judge, Justice Kwaku Tawiah Ackaa-Boafo, in his opinion said, virtually all the doctors agreed the death was preventable but did not suggest any solution.

He pointed out that, he found it difficult to understand that “no plausible or reasonable explanation was given to the court by the doctors why the CS requested was not conducted.”

He stressed, “many of the decisions made by the hospital were wrong.”

He added, Helena Brema Nyamekye would have been alive if the doctors had taken the necessary measures in carrying out their duties.

The deceased he said lost a lot of blood after delivery. “It cannot be disputed that the deceased lost over 1.5 litres of blood.” He said.

The judgment of the court stressed, “no proper plan was put in place to monitor her.”

No blood was available according to the court for transfusion and even after a request was made at the theatre, the blood was not used.

“She was not properly monitored and by not making blood available was reckless and negligent and unacceptable not to use the blood available.” The court stressed.

Justice Ackaa-Boafo, advised that doctors and specialist should take a relook at how mothers lose their lives needlessly and put in measures to prevent avoidable deaths.

The plaintiffs sought three reliefs these are; damages for loss of life, damages of trauma and negligence and general damages.

Source: 3News.com

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