Parents have accused a Ho Chi Minh City hospital of carelessness after their child was left mostly-paralyzed by an intestinal surgery last month.
Nguyen Hoang An Khoa, 11 months old, walked and ate normally before he was sent to the Childrenââ‚¬â„¢s Hospital No.1 in December for treatment of an intestinal occlusion. But when his heart stopped for a period and both legs and arms went paralyzed after the surgery, a nurse was unresponsive, the boyââ‚¬â„¢s parents have said. Now he canââ‚¬â„¢t move or breastfeed, they said, arguing that negligence on the nurseââ‚¬â„¢s part was the cause.
The surgery had been successful and the boyââ‚¬â„¢s intestines were fine as of Friday, but his family said they would keep him at the hospital until he recovers entirely.
ââ‚¬Å“The hospital must be responsible for the case and must treat my child to a full recovery,ââ‚¬ An Thi Phuong, Khoaââ‚¬â„¢s mother, was quoted by local newswire Vnexpress as saying Friday.
Phuong said Khoaââ‚¬â„¢s day-care instructor had called in mid-December to inform her that he had vomited. The child was then given some medicine from a private clinic but his condition worsened and the boy was then hospitalized on December 15. He received the surgery three hours later at 1:30 a.m.
The mother said she then found her son ââ‚¬Å“frozenââ‚¬ and with bruises all over his body in a recovery room at 5a.m., when family was allowed to first visit the boy after surgery.
ââ‚¬Å“I then urgently called a nurse sitting around one meter away, but she shouted back at me and then continued sitting there writing something.
ââ‚¬Å“Two minutes after that, his grandmother found that his heart stopped. I called the nurse one more time and only then did several nurses come to take him away.ââ‚¬
Phuong said the nurse was irresponsible and heartless. ââ‚¬Å“Her reaction caused my child to lack oxygen to his brain and led to his condition right now.ââ‚¬
The nurse has tried to avoid her family since, she said.
But Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the hospital, told Vnexpress on Friday the childââ‚¬â„¢s heart stopped due to the severity of his condition, not due to the nurseââ‚¬â„¢s slow response.
Although admitting that a lack of oxygen to the brain had paralyzed the child and stopped his heart, and even admitting that the nurse hadnââ‚¬â„¢t done her job, Hieu said the nurse was not responsible for the childââ‚¬â„¢s condition right now.
Hieu said the child was hospitalized rather late with dehydration and an intestinal infection. He described the boyââ‚¬â„¢s condition upon admittance to the hospital as dire.
The doctors had failed to inform the family of the severity of the childââ‚¬â„¢s condition in the first instance and had decided to operate immediately to save his life, he said.
Hospital directors said they would punish the nurse strictly.
Itââ‚¬â„¢s still unknown how long Khoaââ‚¬â„¢s heart had stopped.
Source: Thanh Nien