By Crystal Koelmeyer * Child was not subjected to MRI scan
* She died after a bout of fits
Fifteen days after Buddhini Kaushalya’s death at Nawaloka Hospital, the hospital authorities claim that “child was NOT put into the M.R.I machine. “
Five-year-old Buddhini Kaushalya of Mabima, Kelaniya died at Nawaloka Hospital in Colombo on February 1. It was widely reported that she died while undergoing an MRI scan. The family of Buddhini Kaushalya accused
Nawaloka hospitals PLC of negligence which, they said, led to the child’s death.
In a sudden weekend release (issued on February 15) just before the Sunday news deadlines Nawaloka Hospitals Marketing Manager Sidath Kiriella said the child did not go through the MRI scan and died following a bout of fits.
The hospital therefore states that “the machine was in perfect working order and certainly not blown out/damaged as alleged by certain news reports/publications.”
“The child was alive when taken to the S.I.C.U. In fact, at the S.I.C.U, E.C.G monitoring was done and the Echo study showed a structurally and functionally normal heart. The child had fits at the S.I.C.U as well,” the statement says. It also says that the child was not dead when she was admitted to the S.I.C.U.
The child, according to hospital authorities, was successfully resuscitated due to the prompt action by the skilled team of doctors and emergency personnel. “In the circumstances there was no fault/negligence whatsoever on the part of the Nawaloka Hospital,” the statement says.Mother shocked by denial
Speaking to ‘The Nation’, Buddhini Kaushalhya’s mother, Chamila Rathnayaka says that she was at the entrance of the MRI scanning room when the child was taken for the MRI scan. (According to hospital regulations, anyone not involved medical process cannot enter the scanning room). Her daughter, she says, was taken into the scanning room at 4.20 pm on 1st of February.
Ten minutes later, she said, she heard the sound of a burst inside the scanning room. “And when the child was taken out of the room her body had turned dark and bloated. She was taken out of the scanning room at around 4.40 pm” she asserted.
The MRI scan was recommended by Dr. deleted Pathirana and the anesthesia prior to the scan was handled by Dr. Ira Seneviratne, the mother stated.
“During the scan, Dr. Seneviratne screamed saying the child did not receive oxygen. I clearly heard that,” she said.
For the first day, the Nawaloka Hospital had charged Rs. 41,000 for treatments. The hospital, according to the mother, had not charged for the MRI scan. “They were not in a position to charge for the MRI scan as the child died inside the scanning room,” Chamila added.
Chamila further added that she was shocked by the statement released by Nawaloka Hospitals PLC.
Nawaloka has this to say...
We are reluctantly compelled to issue this news item in view of the adverse publicity based on incorrect/false facts regarding the death of Buddhini Kaushalya Ratnayake
At the outset, we sympathize with the parents and relations for the loss of the child. However we state without any ambiguity whatsoever that the death of the child is in no way due to the fault/negligence of
the Nawaloka Hospital
A brief summary of the facts would be relevant
1.) The child, Buddhini Kaushalya, suffered from Rett syndrome as revealed by her mother and published in the media. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which affects the way in which the brain develops. Over time, children with Rett syndrome have increasing problems with movement, coordination and communication that may affect their ability to use their hands, communicate and walk.
2.) As the disease progresses fits are well known to occur
3.) The child had been treated for several years by a leading Consultant Pediatrician for over 2 ½ years. The child has also been treated by a Consultant Pediatric Neurologist
4.) On or about 30thJanuary 2013 the child developed fits and was admitted to Nawaloka Hospital for further investigation under the care of the Consultant Pediatrician
5.) Two consultants requested an M.R.I scan of the child
6.) The child was accordingly taken to the scanning unit
7.) However before the scan child had another bout of fits and suffered from cardiac arrest. The child was never put in to the machine. In fact the machine was never started.
8.) Consultants and Emergency Medical personnel from various disciplines rushed in and were able to resuscitate the child
9.) The child was immediately taken to the S.I.C.U and the child unfortunately passed away whilst at the S.I.C.U
In the circumstances the following facts are extremely clear;
1.) The child was NOT put into the M.R.I machine, the M.R.I had not even been started
2.) Thus the child could not have been injured in any way whatsoever by the M.R.I machine
3.) The M.R.I machine was in perfect working order at all times. All appointments for the M.R.I on that day were in fact carried out
4.) After the child suffered from cardiac arrest and was removed from the M.R.I Unit, M.R.I scans were performed on 13 patients using the very same M.R.I machine.
5.) This clearly demonstrates that the machine was in perfect working order and certainly not blown out/damaged as alleged by certain news reports/publications
6.) Incidentally, the M.R.I machine in question was imported from Germany from Siemens, a leading and reputed firm, at a cost of approximately 300 Million Rupees
7.) The machine is 1 ½ years old and was maintained at all times by the local agent for Siemens
8.) It was in perfect working order
9.) The M.R.I machine is a state of the art machine and is presently one of the best in the world
10.) The child was alive when taken to the S.I.C.U. In fact, at the S.I.C.U, E.C.G monitoring was done and the Echo study showed a structurally and functionally normal heart. The child had fits at the S.I.C.U as well
11.) Thus, clearly, the child was not dead when she was admitted to the S.I.C.U
12.) The child was successfully resuscitated due to the prompt action by the skilled team of doctors and emergency personnel.
13.) In the circumstances there was no fault/negligence whatsoever on the part of the Nawaloka Hospital
We have not commenced legal action for defamation against several publications as at present because we understand that the said publications may have emanated out of sympathy for the child.
However if after the release of this news statement, where the facts as set above clearly show that there was no negligence/fault on our part, there is continued publication of defamatory statements, we will have to conclude that the said publications are malicious and calculated to lower our reputation. In such event we would have to consult legal opinion on instituting action for claiming damages for past publications as well as publications in the future.
We conclude as we began, by offering our sympathy for the loss of the child. However no person should seek to manipulate the situation to distort facts and law to put the blame on us. We are in no way or manner responsible for the loss of the child.
Nawaloka Hospitals has always maintained and will continue to maintain the highest standards in patient treatment and care