By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The father who believes that his 22 year old daughter is in a vegetative state due to medical malpractice at the public hospital petitioned the Legislative Assembly yesterday in a hope of seeking justice.
Chan Kuok Sam, a Macau resident, said his daughter, Ka-Lei, was found to have intra-cerebral haemorrhage. However the surgery which should have taken place within six months was delayed for 27 months by the Conde de São Januário Hospital (CHCSJ) without explanation.
As a result, he said her daughter has completely lost her ability for caring for herself at the age of 15 years old (since March 2004) and continued to experience frequent ‘cramps’.
He added that she is receiving care at the rehabilitation centre of the workers union in Taipa.
The father told reporters that he had made a report to the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) and the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC). He hired a lawyer to sue the attending physician for making a ‘false medical report’, handed in petition letters to the Chief Executive’s Office and also staged a sit-in, but ‘none’ have attended to his complaint or made an attempt to seek justice for his daughter.
The MP and CCAC sent his case to the archives in spite having ‘clear evidence’, Chan accused, adding that the judge at the criminal court even disallowed five witnesses to give testimony citing that the court deemed that it was ‘not important’ to the pre-trial.
He said the Legislative Assembly is his last hope in Macau, and has requested its president and vice-president to accept and handle his complaint as well as to hold a hearing where medical experts can be summoned in order to find out the ‘truth’.
If the legislature ‘ignores’ his petition, he said he may write to the central government to seek help.
Lawmaker Ng Kuok Cheong has called on the Government to implement a medical malpractice law, but admitted that hospitals may as a result ‘over-protect themselves’ and avoid giving ‘risky treatment’ to patients.
Ng is not very optimistic that the legislature will hold a hearing to look into the alleged medical malpractice complaint, since such requests were turned down by most lawmakers in the past.