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الثلاثاء 15 يونيو 2010

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The Loss of an Innocent Young Life; When Do We Learn?

This story demonstrates the glaring lack of value of human life in our society. It uncovers the ignorance and incompetence which continues with impunity.

An angle-like 23 years old girl who is a mother of a 12 month old boy and was heavily pregnant with twins became jaundiced (yellow skin and eyes) just 2 weeks before her expected date of delivery. What does she get? A trip to the local cutary specialist for a bit of unintended touture before she meets her tragic end. The specialist promise that the evil of jaundice will go away. It didn't. She gets contraction pains a week later. Worried young husband rushes her to a renowned private clinic. The surgeon is told there is a "fully lady". Unaware of her jaundice, he orders she goes straight to theatre. C. section. Job done! She goes into a room with inadequate monitoring. The jaundice is probably not been diagnosed yet or at least its implications have not been realised. She bleeds and bleeds. She feels thirsty and has heartache. Her mouth is too dry to talk properly. She is apprehensive. I feel I am going to die yomma, she said. Mum thinks its the effect of the anasthetics and tries to reasure her. Mum realises that her bed is soacked with blood. She goes for help. She is reassued too ... all is fine. She is now less conscious and close to becoming unconscious (a late sign of massive blood loss). Now someone decides this is serious and she needs to go to the hospital. The hospital are reluctant to accept patients from private sector leading to more delays (the only thing she does not need). Eventually she gets to the hospital. Difficult emergency re-operation for bleeding. She decided too many people have failed her. She does not wake up. Her brain had suffered irreversible damage from preventable prolonged lack of blood flow. She goes to intensive care. Her family were given very little information about her status and certainly no responsible clinician to contact. They were told to find a neurologist themselves if they want to know what her status is. They can't find one who is willing to be involved. They are now more confused. They think Tunis but are not sure. People heard about this tragic case and everyone is poping into her bedside even those curious people with no relation whatsoever. That is dignity. Tears in her eyes. Frustrated and fedup husband became the ICU doorman to protect what is left of his dear wife's dignity. She is now so swallen and no longer recognised, not even by her closest. She never saw her two twin boys. Her kidneys are not working and she needs dialysis. This is in another hospital. Hospital says we have no ambulance. This was their cleaver way of saying she is dying. She does not need dialysis. Family provided an ambulance. Now they have to sign for transferring her on their own reponsibiliy in another attempt to stop this transfere instead of being straight and open. She is dying. Family signed and she went, only to die in another hospital less degnified and probably less comfortable. She leaves 3 infants 2 of whom she never saw.

This may sound like a personal grievance but I am also grieving the ones who are awaiting the same fate.

Mohamed Ayad Kurer
Consultant Surgeon


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