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Penang Adventist Hospital ordered to pay couple RM6 million

 | July 15, 2015

The couple were earlier declared bankrupt after they could not pay the hospital RM2.35 million in unsettled medical bills.

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GEORGE TOWN: The Penang High Court has ordered the Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH), a private centre, to pay RM6,023,802 in damages to the parents of a 18-year-old paralysed girl.

The victim’s parents, Kee Boon Suan and his wife Ang Mooi Sim from Nibong Tebal, filed the suit three years ago. The High Court had ordered the couple in 2011 to settle RM2,350,013.85 due to the hospital in unpaid bills. The court order led the couple to be declared bankrupt.

In his verdict on the medical negligence suit here on Tuesday, judicial commissioner Nordin Hassan said he found PAH and three doctors had committed medical negligence during a spinal surgery performed on Kee Jun Hui on June 4, 2008.

He said the patient’s parents were also not briefed by the doctors in charge on the surgery details.

He said the hospital was responsible for the negligent acts by the doctors in charge and nurses, who had breached their duties and duty of care to the patient.

Nordin said PAH orthopedic surgeons Dr Cheok Chee Yew and Dr Wong Chung Chek neglected their duties after performing the surgery on Jun Hui.

He said the patient had collapsed several times in the ward after being transferred out of the intensive care unit (ICU).

When anaesthetist Dr Patrick KS Tan last saw Jun Hui, she had not yet been discharged from the ICU. At that point, she was also conscious, able to complain of pain and able to move all four limbs. The surgeon had discharged Jun Hui out of ICU to the ward without Dr Tan’s knowledge.

MS Dhillon, Rhina Bhar and KB Karthi represented the plaintiffs while Mahindra Singh Gill acted for the hospital.

All three doctors were represented by legal counsel JA Yeoh.

Mahindra later told newsmen that PAH would appeal against Nordin’s judgment at the Court of Appeal.

In 2011, PAH originally hauled Kee and Ang to court for failure to settle their medical bill for Jun Hui’s surgery.

In 2012, the couple sued the hospital for medical negligence, as their daughter was paralysed after the surgery.

The hospital was named the first defendant in the suit followed by Cheok, Tan and Wong.


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