Crash victim infected with HIV gets RM896,000

HIV

IPOH: Justice was served today in the case of a 27-year-old victim who received a HIV-positive blood transfusion from Kinta Medical Centre (KMC) in 2005.

The Ipoh High Court found KMC guilty of negligence and ordered RM896,000 to be paid to the victim, comprising RM750,000 in general damages, RM96,000 in special damages and RM50,000 in court costs on three elements, that is negligence, breach of trust, and causing loss and suffering to its patient.

Following an accident on May 22, 2005, the victim was admitted to a Sitiawan hospital before being transferred to KMC. Two separate blood transfusions were administered with blood supplied by KMC, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun and Hospital Fatimah.

Post-recovery, on Nov 30, a routine blood test showed that the victim tested positive for HIV and a report was lodged with the local Department of Health.

Subsequently, the Health Ministry launched internal investigations which revealed that a contaminated blood batch from KMC had slipped through screening and was administered to the victim.

The plaintiff was represented by V. Vijaya Segaran and Intan Surayya Abdul Halim. Representing KMC were counsel Naran Singh, Pardeep Singh and Ashvinder Kaur.