5-year-old dies after faulty MRI scan
Buddhi Ratnayake – a resident of Mabima area in Kelaniya – was admitted to a private hospital following epileptic fits on February 7 and physicians asked for an MRI scan.
Usually an MRI scan is done by an anaesthetic consultant and a qualified nurse. However, in the baby girl’s case, the scan was done only by the anaesthetian. The girl’s mother was close by.
The mother later claimed of hearing a loud explosion from the scan area.She also claimed to have heard the doctor scream for help saying “isn’t anybody coming to help me. The oxygen pipes have burst.”
No nurses were to be seen and the mother rushed to her help. The girl had turned blue and rushed to the ICU, but doctors could not revive her.
According to media reports, the body was handed over five days later along with a bill of Rs9,00,000.
It is very strange that no doctors and the hospital authorities have not taken any responsibility with regard to this very unfortunate death.
Once the girl’s family kicked up chaos, the matter was reported to police.
The girl’s father had been overseas at the time of the incident and has rushed back home.
It is suspected that the MRI scan machine has not been serviced for years nor has the oxygen pipes been replaced.
‘AdaDerana’ quoted the Nawaloka hospital’s Managing Director Jayantha Dharmadasa as saying that there was no fault of hospital authorities and that the matter has been referred to the court.
Post-mortem report claims that the death resulted because the child was deprived of oxygen.
The case is currently being heard in the court.
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