At the inquiry by Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atappatu into the death of Dr. P.A Priyanganie while undergoing beautification surgery, her husband said his wife could have been saved if she was promptly treated and the clinic properly equipped with proper equipment and skilled staff.
The husband’s evidence was led by Bambalapitiya Police Inspector Vajira Dhanapala. The witness Gamini Chandrasekera (53) told the Magistrate that he worked at the Ports Authority as an electrical engineer. He said he married Dr. Priyanganie in 1996 and had two children.
The witness said on August 12 he left to work around 7.00 a.m. and around 2.30 p.m. he received a telephone call from his father-in-law that his wife was in trouble and to call Durden’s Hospital.
The witness then a called the emergency unit of Durden’s Hospital and was told that a doctor who was brought to the hospital for treatment was taken back to the medical clinic and to call the medical centre at Vajira Road about what had happened.
He said the clinic was located on the sixth floor and when the witness got there he asked the receptionist about his wife. He was taken to an inner room by the receptionist and was shown his wife’s body.
The witness said the room appeared to have been used as an operating theatre but was ill equipped and not fit for that kind of work.
The witness said he suspects that the death was caused because of the suspect’s gross negligence.
Clinic’s receptionist Mangalie Ganegoda in her evidence said she joined the clinic about one and a half years ago and that she did not have the contact numbers of any nursing home or hospital to call in an emergency. She said when the Dr.Priyanganie fell seriously ill some visitors to the clinic gave the telephone number of Durden’s Hospital.
Another employee Dulanjalee Madumalie in her evidence said she worked as a nurse but did not have any nursing experience. However, she said she underwent a training course on caring for elderly people at the Ratmalana Kamkaru Sevana. She said she knew how to check the temperature and take the blood pressure.
She said did not have any knowledge of drugs or medicine. She said when Dr. Gamage injected an IV to Dr. Priyanganie’s neck Dr. Priyanganie broke into a severe cough. Thereafter he administered Hydrocortisone and adrenalin.
Counsel Nishada Gamage instructed by Nanda Gunaratne appeared for the defense while Counsel Wasantha Pitigala with Malin Fernando and Pavithra N. Bolapage watched the interest of the victim’s husband. Dr. Nimal Gamage was further remanded till August 25.
Comments - 10
George Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:21 AM
Isn't it rife throughout the medical field nationwide? Go into any road side surgery and see how many support staff are qualified nurses? Most doctors have no sense of responsibilities for patients care. Sad but true
nicky karunarathna Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:29 AM
Victim is also doctor of medicine and she should have understood better than ordinary folks what she is doing. So now don't blame every Tom, Dick and Harry and Harriet(gender balancing purpose Harriet implied as time of idiom using time British women didn't have any rights)
Upali Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:42 AM
While extending Deepest Sympathies to the family of late Dr. (Mrs) Priyanganie, it is surprising why being a Doctor of Medicine couldn't figure out to herself the same place that her husband being an Electrical Engineer describes as ill equipped and not fit for that kind of work?
R.Dias Saturday, 23 August 2014 05:13 AM
She was not sick...no one forced her to go there...it was her own will ...no one can be blamed for negligence..
Lara Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:13 PM
bring set regulations
s Jayawardene Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:19 PM
Beauty First. Did the husband know that she is going there. Did the husband or the Dr know the clinic is not equipped. Whatever loss of the doctor is a loss for the country.
Jamalji Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:47 AM
Dr.himself is a qualified person with 32 years of service . He isa USA returnee, He is not a quack.She went for a minor surgery which is permitted in an ordinary clinic . Govt. hospitals are so dirty and theatres are dirtier Her previous night conumption could have caused this allrgy.
Suda Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:55 AM
corrupt practice and greed and lack of regulations. This is sad but also disgusting medical malpractice.
Simple simon Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:02 AM
What is unfortunate is why a medical officer of the Govt. hospital sought any kind of treatment from such a person. She should have known what she was paying for.
George Saturday, 23 August 2014 07:17 AM
[quote name="Jamalji"]Dr.himself is a qualified person with 32 years of service . He isa USA returnee, He is not a quack.She went for a minor surgery which is permitted in an ordinary clinic . Govt. hospitals are so dirty and theatres are dirtier Her previous night conumption could have caused this allrgy.[/quote] If you do not understand the meaning of treatment and competence please shut up and keep quiet. The question here is not the cleanliness of the clinic but the lack of emergency facilities. A proper clinic must have back up with properly qualified staff not young inexperienced girls as "cheap labour"
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