Achala’s family can only support a legal action

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The brother of Achala Priyadharshani, whose hand had been amputated due to alleged medical negligence, said that his family was prepared to support a legal action that could possibly be taken by the Colombo Law Faculty Students Union.

W.K Darshana Tilekaratne, the victim’s brother, said yesterday that his family did not have the means to take legal action against those responsible for the amputation of his sister’s left arm.

He told Daily Mirror that his family had not received the report on the special investigation carried out to probe the medical negligence that caused his sister to lose her arm and said that his family was not informed on the matter either.

“We were not informed that the contents of the report confirmed that she lost her arm due to medical negligence. We found out when it appeared in the papers. We cannot afford to take legal action but we will support a legal action taken against those who did this,” he said.

He said Achala was emotionally distressed and tried to remain strong for her family but faced difficulty at times in doing so. He said that her left arm had not completely recovered and that she continued to receive treatment regularly at the Colombo National Hospital.

Tilekaratne said that neither he nor his father had a job and that his mother who recently returned to the country leaving her job in Lebanon was unlikely to go back to her job as his sister needed the mother’s support as she could not do most things with one hand.

Meanwhile, the Law Faculty Students Union members said that they would get in touch with Achala soon and based on her wishes would move forward.

A union spokesman, Jayantha Dehiattage said that Health Secretary Nihal Jayatileka had informed the union at a recent meeting that the findings of the inquiry revealed that the misdemeanor was based on negligence, incompetence and system failure and that those responsible would be brought before the Public Service Commission. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • chandrakumar Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:54 AM

    This girl deserves the best justice. She should get the highest amount possible as compensation ,she should be protected from parasites who will try to depend on her for their existance. She should get the best legal advice from the best lawyers in the country.

    adrian Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:34 PM

    Can't run a hospital how can that polanuruwa man to run a country.

    Maithreesirisena Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:11 AM

    Dear authorities, remember you all are taken to a government hospital following bomb blasts, heart attacks, etc. So it's your duty to punish the responsible criminals in the ministry of health.

    Deva Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:32 PM

    This is day light murder. Gross medical neglegence. Achala should not have any problem in proving it and get a substantial compensation. Gov. should bring the culprit medical mudalalis to pay for this. medical profession in SL has gone to donkeys and its pathetic to see some doctors behavior. If it happens in any other country, they will be crisified and erased! Some body please set up a fund to support her cause, we all will support. God bless you Achala, go for it!!

    Shamalie Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:39 PM

    She deserves maximum compensation.We all should support and contribute for the sake of justice. Poor patients should be educated about their rights against medical neglegences.

    RUMI Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:49 PM

    yes, please hold HEALTH MINISTER responsible follow by surgeons.

    adrian Monday, 18 February 2013 07:21 AM

    What is our president doing to solve this issue!!! Absolutely nothing. The girl should be from HAMBANTOTTE.

    edward Sunday, 17 February 2013 10:53 AM

    yes like wise versa to education minister , the health minister will say its not his ministry responsible for this .

    edward Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:36 AM

    Our legal system corrupted even she win the case she may get compensation Rs;50/ , As we all know she will not get back her arm

    impartial Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:40 AM

    today drs are money hunters they dont want to serve the public. this innocent girl should be given maximun compensation

    Anushka Saturday, 16 February 2013 05:52 AM

    Take action and cancelled the License of the Doctors who was resposible


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