Hospital, Doctor Face Suit
Monday, August 30, 2004
By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan
A CAMERAMAN of RPN-TV 8 will file charges against a physician of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod for medical negligence.
Elizalde "Nonoy" Calinao of Purok Mahigugma-on, Barangay Pahanocoy told Sun.Star Bacolod he will file charges against Dr. Sharon Soguilon, an obstetrician-gynecologist whom he said placed his wife’s life in danger after the doctor administered the delivery of their first child last July 26.
His wife suffered from high fever and constant bleeding three days after she was discharged.
The situation prompted Calinao to call up their family doctor Dr. Susana Wee at the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLOMSH).
When rushed to BOLOMSH, Calinao’s wife was immediately placed under laboratory examination where it was found that parts of the placenta or "several brown friable tissue fragment with an aggregate diameter of 66cms" was left in her womb.
Wee, in her medical certification dated August 14, also attested that Calinao’s wife was admitted at BOLOMSH on August 8 for high fever, hypogastric pain and vaginal bleeding.
A Dilatation and Cutterage (D and C) was done and Mrs. Calinao was diagnosed as having retained a portion of placenta (inunan) in her uterus.
Mrs. Calinao was admitted for seven days at BOLOMSH that incurred a total of about P20,000 of hospital bills.
Calinao said his wife had approached Dr. Domingo Vega, CLMMRH chief of the hospital, regarding the case but was told that it was "just normal" for any doctor to commit such mistake.
Vega also reportedly admonished Mrs. Calinao for seeking medical attention from a private hospital, instead of going back to them.
Calinao, however, stressed what they wanted CLMMRH or Dr. Soguilon to replenish their hospital bill at BOLOMSH and nothing more.
"In case they won’t assume our bill, I have no choice but to file legal charges against CLMMRH or Dr. Soguilon," stressed Calinao.
Sun.Star Bacolod tried to contact Vega and Soguilon for comment but to no avail.
(August 30, 2004 issue)