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The son of an elderly woman who died on May 13, 2018 has filed a lawsuit against Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the hearing started on Monday (15 August).
Chia Soo Kiang, 47, sued the hospital and three doctors for negligence, claiming they had breached their duty of care. He said his mother’s death was “entirely preventable” and is seeking $800,000 in damages.
The defendants in this case are TTSH, Dr. Dorai Raj D Apadrai, Dr. Lee Wei Shen and Dr. Ranjana Acharaya.
Mrs. Thanh Yoo Lan, who died at the age of 74, suffered from various health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease.
On April 23, 2018, she suffered a heart attack while showering at TTSH. On that occasion, she was accompanied by a nursing student. After her heart attack, her Mdm Tan suffered her brain damage and fell into a coma and she died three weeks later.
Chia’s team of lawyers alleges that after Mdm Tan was hospitalized, her heart disease and diabetes medications were withheld and the hospital did not refer her to an appropriate cardiologist.
They also alleged that TTSH had a person without medical training (a nursing trainee) handle her.
“Despite the deceased’s medical history being known to the defendants, the defendants were callous to high-risk and vulnerable individuals, to the extent that they allowed untrained intern nurses to treat the deceased. Acting with an attitude, as a result, she collapsed and was delayed “to respond to the emergency.” The Straits Times Chia’s attorney, Clarence Lun, said:
However, the hospital and doctors’ legal team maintain that Mdm Tan received the standard care she needed and that her case was properly treated and managed.
Mdm Tan was hospitalized on April 20, 2018 for lethargy and fever.
Her diagnosis on admission was sepsis, type 2 heart attack, diabetes, anemia, and worsening renal function.
Doctors stopped some of her heart medications and put her on antibiotics as part of her treatment plan.
However, her son claims the type 2 heart attack was a misdiagnosis.
He also said plans to refer her to TTSH’s cardiology department had been canceled by Dr. Ranjana but should have been pushed forward./TISG
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