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Parents plea for answers from hospital over newborn’s broken arm

Parents plea for answers from hospital over newborn’s broken arm

PHUKET: Parents of a 15-day-old newborn have filed a police complaint to force doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital to explain how their newborn girl suffered a broken arm while in care at the hospital after the mother was allowed to return home.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 7 June 2022, 05:14PM


The parents at Phuket City Police Station today (June 7). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The parents at Phuket City Police Station today (June 7). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The parents, who have asked not to be named, today (June 7) filed a complaint with Phuket City Police, received by Lt Col Ying Chittiwa Thanavitwilas, Deputy Chief of Investigation at Phuket City Police.

In their complaint the parents reported that their daughter was born at the hospital on May 23. However, the newborn girl had breathing difficulties. The daughter was required to stay at the hospital, where an x-ray confirmed she had amniotic fluid in the lungs.

The child had no other health concerns. The mother was allowed to leave the hospital on May 26, but her daughter had to remain in care at the hospital and was put on a ventilator.

The parents visited their daughter last Monday (May 31), as she was still on a ventilator.

When the couple returned to visit their daughter yesterday (June 6), a nurse pointed out to them that their baby was unable to raise her left arm.

An x-ray confirmed the baby’s left arm was broken, but the x-ray taken soon after birth showed that the baby’s arm had suffered no fractures at all.

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The parents asked doctors at the hospital, but received no answer as to what had caused the broken arm.

The parents had continued to ask for answers, but the attending doctor said that an executive meeting had to be held before the doctor was able to give an answer.

Not satisfied with the response, the parents filed their complaint today in order for the hospital to provide an explanation.

The parents today said they just wanted to know what had happened to their child.

Dr Weerasak Lorthongkham, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, today confirmed he had been informed of the situation.

“At this time, all relevant officers who care for children are in the process of meeting, including orthopedic physicians, to trace the root cause and will give a press conference on June 8 [tomorrow] at Vachira Phuket Hospital,” Dr Weerasak said.

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JohnC | 08 June 2022 - 09:29:51

I well remember about 25 years ago a Thai boat boy from a diving company was taken to Wachira with a suspected burst appendix. He was left lying on a stretcher in agony because they decided he couldn't pay for any operation he needed and were well prepared to let him just die. Only after the owner of the company arrived with hands full of cash did they do anything to save him. He did live...

Kurt | 08 June 2022 - 07:48:03

Vachira hospital has a long time doubtful image when it comes to doctors going in hiding when actually they have to step forward when some 'treatment' goes wrong. It is a shame that they must be forced to come out with help of public complaints. Time for minister Anutin to check out Vachira during a next Phuket social visit. Cut some 'death wood'.

Capricornball | 07 June 2022 - 17:23:53

I'm guessing any meeting will be to decide who they can throw under the bus, with all concerns being about how they can all save their own asses. Forget the kids and the family, they'll pitch them a few thousand baht to just shut up and go home.

 

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