Woman sues hospital for $1,5 million

HARARE - A Harare woman has filed a $1,5 million damages claim against two doctors and a clinic after she suffered burns during a medical operation.

Musashame Manyau is claiming the cash from doctors Jasper Chimedza and another given as Mombeshora and Medical Investment Ltd, trading as Avenues Clinic.

Manyau told the court that she suffered a nasal ailment in June 2011 and consulted Chimedza, who recommended an operation.

She was admitted at Montague Clinic, a medical institution owned by Avenues Clinic, according to court papers.

Manyau told the court that Chimedza was the operating surgeon and Mombeshora was the attending anaesthetist.

“As a result of the defendants’ negligence, the plaintiff suffered severe burns on her back, buttocks and thigh, which burns were caused by an electric blanket used during the operation or convalescence, which blanket the defendant must have ensured that it was properly operated or efficient,” the court papers say.

She said the three parties failed to ensure that she was operated safely in a manner which guaranteed her health and recovery.

Manyau said as a result of the burns, she suffered extreme pain and was hospitalised for four months. She claims in court papers that she sustained permanent scars and was depressed to such an extent that she required psychiatric assessment.

However, the doctors and the clinic denied acting negligently.

Chimedza told the court that he was not under any obligation to monitor the electric blanket and was not responsible for monitoring theatre equipment.

The matter is yet to be set down for hearing. - Tendai Kamhungira

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