SEREMBAN: A clerk has alleged that medical negligence on the part of a private hospital here led to her newborn baby being born with disabilities.
Cheong Hsiu Tyug, 29, also claimed hospital staff did not attend to her daughter after her birth on March 15.
She alleged that they had wasted time on unnecessary examinations when she was awaiting delivery of her child between 8am and 11am.
"When I complained of pain and began to bleed, the nurse changed the monitoring machine and still did not call for the doctor.
"At this point, I was beginning to worry because I did not face such problems during my first child's birth."
Cheong, a clerk, claimed that when complications arose, the nurse finally called for the doctor who told her the baby had to be delivered by Caesarean section as it was feared that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her child's neck.
"After that, the doctor said that our baby was in a critical condition and had to be sent to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital as they did not have the proper equipment to treat her," said Cheong's contractor husband Chong Sing Ma, 31.
"Now, we are being told that our daughter might have a hearing and speaking impairment. They also said she could be paralysed and even blind," he added.
Chong was accompanied by BN Temiang coordinating officer Jason Lee Kee Chong.
Cheong said she could not understand why they delayed her delivery.
"I delivered my first child at the same hospital under the same doctor, but these were two different experiences," Cheong said, adding that a nurse was not present with her throughout the waiting process unlike her previous delivery.
She also claimed the hospital had made it difficult for her to view a copy of her medical report as the terms in the application form stated that she had to pay an unspecified amount to view the document.
Cheong said the form also stated that patients could not take any action against the hospital.
"This is ridiculous. First they ask for a payment for the document and, on top of that, I cannot take any action against them. So who is responsible if there is proof that the hospital was negligent? As a patient, I cannot accept this," she added.
Lee said he planned to post the plight of Cheong and Chong on his blog to generate feedback from medical or professional consultants on their baby's problems.
"I have decided to do so because I feel the hospital is abusing its power by fixing terms that prevent the patient from taking any action against it.
"This means that they will not take responsibility even if it can be proven that the baby's problems were the hospital's fault," he said.
Lee said he would also lodge a report at the Health Ministry today besides meeting Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
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