Private hospital detains teenage girl until bill is settled

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In a shocking revelation, a 45-year-old man told a magistrate that his 13-year-old daughter was detained in the custody of a private hospital in Colombo until the bill involving his wife’s hospitalization was settled.

Giving evidence at the inquiry into the death of a 38-year-old woman due to alleged medical negligence at a private Hospital in Colombo, the husband said his 13-year-old daughter was detained under hospital custody until the bill was settled.

The witness Galagedarage Upali Gunatilake a resident of Thummodara informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate that his wife was transferred from the private hospital to a government hospital in a critical condition while his 13-year-old daughter was detained inside a hospital room until the hospital bill amounting to rupees one million was settled by his brother-in-law.

Lodging a complaint with the Kollupitiya police the complainant alleged that his loving wife Dayani Hemamala died due to medical negligence of the gynecologist and obstetrician who performed a surgery into an ovarian cyst on April 2012.  He complained to Court that his wife’s condition started to deteriorate even after the second operation was performed. He said doctors in the hospital accepted the fact that her intestines had been damaged due to the surgery and it would take a long time to heal.

Meanwhile, the witness said when he went to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) to make a complaint against the hospital over the detention of his daughter; he said the NCPA did not accept his complaint. “Then my daughter wrote a letter to the Excellency President urging a fair inquiry into the incident. Soon after the letter was sent to the President, he had directed to the NCPA to commence an inquiry into the incident,” the witness further said.  

The 45-year-old witness told Court that owing to this medical negligence circumstance he lost his love wife and lost a mother to her daughter. He further said he had to expend an amount of Rs.1.6 million for medical treatments and pleaded court that necessary punishments be meted out against the hospital and the consultant.  (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Rohana Friday, 15 February 2013 08:28 AM

    Is this the same incident that took place in Durdans Hospital?

    Kavi Friday, 15 February 2013 04:34 AM

    Oh , Where our Desha Premiyun? Hey BBS, JHU are u Sleeping?

    Sapumal Bandara Friday, 15 February 2013 08:31 AM

    Analyse all these comments and see how all the Sri Lankans are focused?
    The politicians are having a hearty laugh at the expense of the poor common man. They have achieved their goal.
    Divide and rule!

    Antony Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:39 PM

    Politicians are Plundering.
    Traders are "
    Doctors /Private H. "
    Getting/Ready Private Universities to Plunder.
    Lawyers of course- Plundering is their Job. Plus Police.
    .Where do we end up ? Anto.

    Ami Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:44 PM

    "Koheda Yanne Malle Pol " or u'r in a shock !

    Walter Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:45 PM

    Too busy trying to incite racial violence in defiance of teachings of Lord Buddha.

    Ranjitdea Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:56 PM

    Why Bodu bala sena for this you dud

    Cobbler Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:39 PM

    Any bet, National Child Protection Authority will not dare to do anything against these rich Hospital mafia.

    Rav Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:43 PM

    Soon there will be at least one or two Chinese run Private Hospitals and all the nurses are whores from China.

    Ohoma Hoda Friday, 15 February 2013 04:52 AM

    Private Hospitals are exploiting the Middle Person, trying to earn the Maximum.

    Ranga Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:45 PM

    I wonder why the state organisation including Police expect the President to direct in every matters they are expected by law to carry out?

    What's wrong with this country?

    UK Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:51 PM

    Another case of malpractice and negligence by all mighty god doctors of banana republic! Even more pathetic was the way the NCPA initially handled the complaint. This country has no rule of law, it's only dogs law which prevails. All these things just demonstrate the very fact that we are a primitive nation.

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 15 February 2013 12:04 AM

    No Human Touch

    Danny Friday, 15 February 2013 12:04 AM

    This has nothing to do with Halal.

    Raja Raju Friday, 15 February 2013 12:09 AM

    News media, must ask National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) why they didn't support that family?

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 15 February 2013 12:09 AM

    If It Is A Medical Negligence The Hospital Should Bare The Cost Or Insurance Should Pay. The 13 Yr Girl Is Not The Victim. In Sri Lanka Every Happens In The Opposite Way.

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 15 February 2013 12:12 AM

    Health Care Gone At It's Lowest. Take A Cue From The USA

    echo Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I cannot understand why the name of the hospitals are hidden by the media. are they. too, like the current government support crimes of this nature. via DM Android App

    Bodu bala Sena Friday, 15 February 2013 09:35 AM

    Sorry, we can do nothing, because the hospital is not own by a Muslim.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Friday, 15 February 2013 05:39 AM

    His Excellency should not only direct the NCPA to commence an inquiry. He should also order them to explain why they refused to entertain the girl's complaint. If the allegations are true, the authorities of the private hospital concerned should face criminal charges for false imprisonment.

    Ranjith Friday, 15 February 2013 01:05 AM

    They are just wasting our tax money

    patriot Friday, 15 February 2013 05:42 AM

    so the bodu bala sena is all about Halal only? This organisation will only bring more harm to Sri Lanka and Buddhism. Do something good for the country. eg Rise against the way these hospital treat the poor people. Rise against corruption.

    Rata Haraka Friday, 15 February 2013 05:43 AM

    Kawda mewata waga kiyanne? What a bloody mess. Yeah, why should the president direct the police and NCPA to do something they are duty bound and there to do in the first place. Bloody madness.

    lal Friday, 15 February 2013 06:06 AM

    Give a heavy punishment for this kind of bogus doctors who"s running behind the money. Absolutely these doctors are not kind hearted people.

    fact Friday, 15 February 2013 06:06 AM

    so its only for ethnic related incidents eh?

    modaya Friday, 15 February 2013 10:10 AM

    Private hospitals means business institutes. They need money to run the hospitals and maintain large work force. If they get emotional, they will get bankrupt. That's the bitter but real truth. High time for government to introduce insurance schemes as western countries.

    Daminda suresh hetti Friday, 15 February 2013 10:13 AM

    hi

    Dee Friday, 15 February 2013 06:09 AM

    People should only go to Govt. Hospitals. such issues will not happen.

    fuad Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    pl direct your comment to concerned hospital and doctor, not in general to all doctors. via DM Android App

    guest Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:00 AM

    sad story via DM Android App

    SS Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:00 AM

    It's about time people start dragging doctors and consultants to court. Otherwise these educated cutthroats will look at your purse and bill you till you bleed. via DM Android App

    Kamal Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:18 PM

    itg,s really unfair

    lankan puthra Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:24 PM

    where is the bodu bala sena

    Shace-UK Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:48 PM

    Honestly this is shocking...there is no law and order in banana republic and media should cover these kind of stories as it happens and not the stupid
    cobra woman and her fairy tales!!!! If this story is true hospital and the gang should face criminal charges!!!!

    Amalan Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:54 PM

    Need only money they have no human being
    Amalan

    Amalan Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:56 PM

    Need only money they have no human self-respect

    stefan Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    has to b durdans.....evbn if u go wit a headache... the guy in opd r emergency will fuss u to GT admitted...hw hand to me twice lol...bloody crooks say the room is nly 7500 and charge anthr 8000 bucks fr linen admin misc hidden charges...shame on tym I pity e Sri lankans...daylight robbery...u neways end up hvn to pay...if u hv insurance thy nly charge u higher lol so u end up payiin a higher premium e following yr.... via DM Android App

    kabargoya Friday, 15 February 2013 11:14 AM

    what about TNA and SLMC - are they sleeping too?

    K Amran Friday, 15 February 2013 07:19 AM

    Because according to the present constitution he interprets the law and the police and judiciary has to act accordingly. Remember this is SL!

    K Amran Friday, 15 February 2013 07:20 AM

    NCPA hang your head in shame!! May be ther is a 'Clash of interest'

    K Amran Friday, 15 February 2013 07:22 AM

    What do you expect- this a Sri Lankan Private Hospital.. They don't know what humanity is even if it bites their faces.

    K Amran Friday, 15 February 2013 07:24 AM

    Are you joking? From the pan into the fire...

    reality Sunday, 17 February 2013 12:00 AM

    dear modaya u have balanced mind talk on reality principle via DM Android App

    victim Friday, 15 February 2013 12:00 AM

    the hospital will get away. via DM Android App


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