KUWAIT CITY, March 29: The Administrative Court has upheld the right of a female patient to sue Ministry of Health for a medical error represented by leaving behind a needle in the patient’s stomach. Lawyer Abdulaziz Al-Banwan, the plaintiff counsel, stated in the lawsuit that his client went to the government hospital for a surgery, which lasted for 12 hours and raised concerns among her relatives, especially since she underwent a similar operation two years ago but it did not take such a long time back then. It was then discovered that the surgeon committed a dangerous medical error by leaving a needle in her stomach. He had discovered the error after taking an X-ray. The hospital then insisted on conducting another surgery for removing the needle.
However, that surgery turned out to be a failure as the needle still remained in his client’s stomach. The condition of his client was worsening as she started suffering from breathing difficulty. Several parts of her body started swelling and she also incurred pneumonia. Lawyer Al-Banwan urged the court to refer his client to the Forensic Department for a report on the harms she sustained because of this medical error and to decide the level of disability rate she suffers from. The court agreed to the lawyer’s request, affirming that the doctor and the hospital are responsible for the medical error.
Police detained: The Misdemeanor Court sentenced a police detective stationed at Sulaibikhat Police Station to one-month imprisonment for detaining an innocent citizen and using force against him without leveling any charges against him. Representing the citizen was Lawyer Fawzia Al-Sabah, who affirmed in her press statement that the conviction and the verdict issued are decisive testimonies about the rule of law and respect for the law. She insisted that police officers are given the authority to protect people, not harm them. Lawyer Al-Sabah explained that the detective had forced her client into his car, after which he tied his hands to the back with a plastic cable, and then took him to the detectives section of Sulaibikhat Police Station. He then slapped her client and threw him on the ground. After that, another detective raised the victim’s legs and whipped him 30 times with a pipe. She urged the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to conduct further investigations (fast track) to identify the other detective who helped in torching the citizen so that he can also be convicted. Lawyer Al-Sabah stressed that it is irrational to believe there are no cameras or occurrence record book which could help in identifying the second detective.
Couple fined: The Civil Circuit of the Court of First Instance ordered a couple to pay KD 3,000 to a close female relative whom they had allegedly attacked verbally and physically during a family dispute. According to the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff counsel Lawyer Mohammad Al-Qattan, the woman demanded compensation for the mental torture she sustained which affected every part of the body.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff