Namara explains that a week after she returned to the hospital for review doctors found fluid in her tummy but didn’t provide her any explanation on the cause of the abscess. Documents before court indicate that doctors recommended that Namara undergoes another urgent operation but no one attended to her since the doctor was not on the night shift despite the pain she was going through.
St Francis Hospital Nsambya
A mother has sued St. Francis Hospital Nsambya for
alleged professional negligence. In a suit filed before Civil Division of High
Court in Kampala through her lawyers of Kirunda and Wasige Advocates, Rose
Namara contends that she was admitted at St Francis Nsambya Hospital on April
12 2018 with labour pains. According to Namara, doctors advised her to undergo a caesarian
section for the delivery of her baby girl.
She, however, notes that during the operation she
overheard surgeons saying they had injured the baby. Namara explains that
she was supposed to be discharged from the hospital four days after the operation
but she kept complaining of pain in her lower abdomen area even before being
discharged. She claims that doctors dismissed her complaint saying the
pain was a result of the C-section and went ahead to discharge her.
Namara explains that a week after she returned to the
hospital for review doctors found fluid in her tummy but didn’t provide
her any explanation on the cause of the abscess. Documents before court indicate that
doctors recommended that Namara undergoes another urgent operation but no one
attended to her since the doctor was not on the night shift despite the pain
she was going through.
Namara explains that due to the unbearable pain, she
asked for her medical file to relocate to another hospital for attention.
She, however, says that the medics declined to surrender
her file. The court records show that Namara’s family decided to take her to
Kampala Medical Chambers to attend to the infection urgently. She was admitted
and operated on by Dr. Romano Byaruhanga and spent two months in the hospital without
any relief to her initial problem.
"The plaintiff's situation still did not improve because the infection
remained and the C-section wound did not heal. The doctors then referred to
Kampala Imaging Centre for a full scan which revealed that a foreign object had
been left inside the plaintiff during the C- Section”, reads the suit in part.
According to Namara, because of the growing medical bill, Dr.
Joseph Turyabahika, the Senior Surgeon at Kampala Medical Chambers advised her
to return and continue reporting for dressing of her wound. She says that Doctors
continued investigating the cause of the abscess, pus and fluid in her abdomen,
which cost her huge sums of money since she visited different medical
facilities for various types of scans.
She says that following numerous investigations by several
professionals, it was discovered that the foreign object was the cause of her
pain and recommended a third operation that was done on November
13, 2019, which eventually cleared the infection.
Namara states that since
then, her efforts to get pregnant have remained futile. Through her lawyers,
Namara states that she has spent Shillings 150 million on tests in various Laboratories
and treatment and wants the hospital to compensate her Shillings 400 million in
The court is yet to summon St. Francis Hospital Nsambya to file
its defence to the suit. This is not the first time St Francis Hospital Nsambya
is being sued for alleged negligence. In November 2019, a female minor sued the hospital for negligently causing
permanent blindness to her by failing to detect sight complications at the time
of her birth.
She asked the court to order them to compensate her Shillings