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Hospital, surgeon sued over death

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
BEITCURE Hospital and its neurosurgeon Kachinga Sichizya have been sued over the death of a patient.

In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, the deceased’s estate administrator Michael Kanyinji has sued the hospital and Dr Sichizya on behalf of late Margaret Siame.
The plaintiff has stated that Mrs Siame died after undergoing surgery at Beitcure Hospital on July 9, 2014.
He has submitted that around June 2014, Mrs Siame fell sick and was admitted to Lusaka Trust Hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Mr Kanyinji says doctors at Lusaka Trust Hospital recommended an immediate surgery and referred Mrs Siame to Beitcure Hospital where she got admitted.
“On July 9, 2014, the deceased underwent surgery at the hospital but died on the operating table due to excessive bleeding after one of the brain arteries was negligently lacerated,” Mr Kanyinji states.
He claims that Dr Sichizya left the operating theatre before Mrs Siame’s skull was sutured to complete the operation, the task he allegedly allowed a trainee student do but in the process tore the artery, causing excessive bleeding and the subsequent death of Mrs Siame.
Mr Kanyinji has accused the hospital of failing to provide suitably qualified and experienced staff to manage the bleeding of their patient.
“The plaintiff will contend that suturing of the deceased’s skull after the operation was left to a trainee student which, due to lack of skill and experience, resulted in the death of Mrs Siame,” he said.
Mr Kanyinji is now demanding special damages for funeral expenses amounting to K16,000 and damages for mental anguish and suffering.

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