He went in for a routine test. Days later he was dead
Durban hospital denies negligence as widow sues for R2.7m
A Durban pensioner is suing a top Durban hospital for R2.7-million for negligence after her husband died as a result of falling twice in the facility in 2014.
Chinthamoney Bhajan wants eThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre to pay R200,000 for past medical and hospital expenses and R2.5-million for emotional shock, trauma, mental anguish and distress caused by her husband’s death.According to court papers, Pooran Bhajan was admitted to the facility in 2014 to undergo a cardiac angiogram. However, he died from a brain injury following two falls just days apart.A day after his procedure on December 3, 2014, Bhajan fell at his bedside after returning from the toilet.
He sustained a serious head injury and was referred to a neurosurgeon.
Bhajan was transferred to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit where he was restrained as it was recorded that he was “very confused and disoriented”.According to the particulars of the claim before the Durban High Court, Bhajan’s family was concerned for his well-being when he was transferred to another ward. Therefore they had requested that he be restrained again.
However, the matron advised that restraints could not be placed on patients in her ward and had “reassured the family that they would manage and care for Mr Bhajan and ensure his well-being”.
The night supervisor was called in to evaluate the situation and decided to a place a caregiver in Bhajan’s room to prevent further injuries.
While a caregiver was being called to his side, Bhajan was left alone.
“During this time Mr Bhajan climbed over the cot sides and fell. He sustained a further head injury and bleeding through the ears. No one was in attendance in Mr Bhajan’s ward at the time.”
He died the next day.
In responding court papers, the hospital denied the allegations of negligence and reserved its right to lead evidence in the rebuttal of such allegations.