3 Docs of St. Luke’s Face Malpractice Complaints
By Ronnie E. Calumpita, Correspondent
THREE doctors are facing charges of criminal negligence and medical malpractice before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office for an allegedly failed retina surgery they performed on a executive of the Viva Entertainment Co., at the St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Rolando Ferrer, a brand manager of the entertainment firm and barangay councilman of Teachers’ Village West in Quezon City, accused Dr. Jose Mario Pelea, opthalmologist, Dr. Benjamin So and Dr. Abondino Yunque Jr., a cardiologist, of violating Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code for negligence and medical malpractice that resulted in his blindness.
In his seven-page complaint-affidavit, Ferrer, who is suffering from diabetes, said Pelea operated on his left eye at the St. Luke’s Medical Center on November 25, 2002, after he complained of severe pain.
The physicians examined the complainant before he underwent surgery.
Yunque allegedly issued the clearance to Pelea to perform the retina detachment.
Ferrer noted that the three doctors did not explain to him the predicament as well as the medical treatment to be undertaken following the operation.
After the surgery, the complainant said the pain in his eye got worse and he was taken to the emergency room of the hospital. The pain was temporarily relieved with anesthesia.
Ferrer later learned from another doctor, Dr. Albert Mamaril, that the retina surgery done on him allegedly failed.
The Manila Times tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with the three respondents. It turned out they are connected with St. Luke’s only as consultants.