– says attorney representing family of dead maternal patient
Veteran attorney-at-law Mursalene Bacchus believes that “it is time” Guyanese start taking errant professionals to court.
Bacchus is representing Mrs. Mariam Crawford, who is suing a Berbice Gynecologist and the Attorney General for the death of her daughter, Deborah Crawford, a 38-year-old maternity patient, who died at the New Amsterdam Hospital six years ago.
Crawford of Corriverton, Corentyne, suffered massive hemorrhaging on October 13, 2003 at the New Amsterdam Hospital, while delivering a full-term baby boy. The child also died.
Investigations found that she bled to death when a doctor attempted to have the baby, which was larger than usual, delivered normally.
The matter is still to be heard in the High Court.
Bacchus explained that the Berbice Registry had only recently sent the file to Georgetown.
He expressed optimism that the case would be heard within the first six months of next year.
“It is time that Guyanese wake up. If a professional is negligent, he should be sued,” Bacchus told Kaieteur News.
In a complaint filed to the Guyana Medical Council, Crawford’s mother, Mariam Crawford,
said that her daughter developed a diabetic condition during pregnancy and was being treated with insulin.
At the time, she was attending the High Risk Clinic at the New Amsterdam Hospital as well as the Skeldon Estate Clinic.
She said that because of the patient’s condition, a Medex advised that her delivery be done by Caesarean Section, since the diabetic condition would cause the baby to be larger than normal.
It is alleged that although this information was documented on Deborah Crawford’s clinic card, the Gynecologist ignored this advice and induced labour.
During the delivery, Crawford suffered massive hemorrhaging and her uterus was also removed.
Following an investigation, the Guyana Medical Council, headed then by the now-deceased Dr. M. Y Bacchus, found that the accused physician had committed “gross professional misconduct”.
He was subsequently struck off the Register of Medical Practitioners.
However, the accused doctor took the Guyana Medical Council to court. He alleged that he was never notified of the allegation or of the independent review the Council had taken to arrive at its decision.
The High Court subsequently ordered that the doctor be reinstated.
This led to Mrs. Mariam Crawford filing a lawsuit against the Attorney General and the physician.
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