Mother sues Levy Mwanawasa hospital over bandage left in her abdomen during child birth

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Mother sues Levy Mwanawasa hospital over bandage left in her abdomen during child birth

THE Carelessness by medical staff at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital, has attracted a law suit on the medical centre and the State for leaving a bandage in a patient’s stomach after child birth through Caesarean section.

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Idah Lungu is demanding K1,446,100 from the State as damages for breach of statutory duty by medical personnel at the health facility.

In her statement of claim, Lungu said on January 3, 2023 the plaintiff who had a full term pregnancy was admitted to Levy Mwansa Hospital where she was booked for Caesarean Section procedure for the delivery of her baby.

The plaintiff stated that she delivered a healthy baby boy on January 4, 2023 and was subsequently discharged.

Lungu said six months after she was discharged from hospital, she begun to experience excruciating abdominal pains and was instead treated for gastritis at at a local private clinic and treatment appeared to ease the pain.

She said in October, 2023, she developed severe diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pains and was subsequently treated for typhoid at a private clinic.

“Despite the plaintiffs treatment of the said Typhoid her condition continued to deteriorate with plaintiff eventually experiencing regular syncope’s and numbness in the legs which resulted in difficulty in walking. She sought medical attention at the Maina Soko Military hospital in December, 2023,” Lungu said.

“The hospital immediately set up a multidisciplinary team of doctors to specifically attend to the plaintiff whose condition had continued to deteriorate.”

She revealed that a CT scan showed a linear radio dense material within the left abdomen flank region, surrounded by a thick rim-enhancing wall- like structure with gas and solid material measuring approximately 44mm by 89 mm’ suggestive of a mass of cotton.

Lungu said doctors recommend surgery for the extraction of the gossypiboma.

“On December 3,2023, the said surgery was conducted by Maina Soko personnel who found an abdominal pack consisting of surgical bandage (Gossypiboma) embedded within the plaintiffs abdomen which had negligently been left in her abdomen during the C-section in January of 2023,” Lungu said.

“The hospital sutured her abdomen thereafter.”

She contended that the midwifery reckless when they failed to see to it that all external materials placed in her abdomen and used during the C-section procedure were removed from her stomach afterwards.

She added that Section 60 of the Health Professions Act no.24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia, the medical code of ethics prohibiting the neglect and disregard by health professionals of their professional responsiblities to patients under their care and treatment, was breached.

Lungu is further claiming damages for professional negligence, special damages aggravated damages and interest.

By Mwaka Ndawa

Kalemba April 17, 2024.

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