Man sues Ridge Hospital for GH¢5m over wife’s death
A man has sued the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge, in a sum of GH¢5,000,000 for allegedly failing on its mandate to provided the necessary support to save the life of a patient.
The man in the centre of this legal action is one Mohammad Mustapha (plaintiff), who has joined the Attorney General, Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service as first to third defendants.
Mohammad’s grounds for dragging these state institutions to court was that his wife, who was a practicing nurse, died as a result of the alleged negligence of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, which is the 4th defendant in the suit.
The plaintiff, through his lawyer, Reindorf Twumasi Ankrah, claims that his wife, Akua Nyarko Osei-Bonsu, met her untimely death at the hospital where she visited regularly for antenatal care and other medical examinations necessary for both her well-being and that of her unborn child.
Narrating how events turned to his late wife’s advantage, he said the wife was admitted into the fourth defendant facility as a patient, of which one Fredrickson Pobee was the leader of the medical team put together by the Ridge Hospital to attend to her well-being and health care when she was scheduled for surgery.
This was as the deceased, as part her routine antenatal visits to the hospital in November 2019, was requested take a scan, which the result was submitted to the 4th defendant on a later day.
The plaintiff averred that upon submitting a the scan to the 4th defendant, it requested for a dopplar scan to be conducted, and the result was delivered on December 13, 2019 .
However, on the same day, his late wife was diagnosed of severe Intrauterine Growth Restriction (TUGR) with abnormal Umbilical Artery Dopplar, a condition which pointed to placental insufficiency.
He continued that his late wife, based on the diagnosis, was scheduled for an emergency Caesarean Section operation in order to save the life and that of the baby, and for which a caesarean was conducted on December 16, 2019. Despite this effort, the baby did not survive.
Mr Mustapha added that within or about 24 hours after the operation was done on his deceased wife, she developed a condition called thromboembolism, which eventually led to her death.
The development of thromboembolism, he believed, was a result of the negligence of the fourth defendant, which arose from the breach of the duty of care owed to the deceased by the fourth defendant and its agents/staff.
As a result, he blamed the 4th defendant for negligence, as being the cause of losing his wife and a marriage that was less than four years old, as well as a baby.
According to him, not only were the defendants negligent, but also the treatment meted out to his wife breached the strategy objectives of the National Health Policy since 2007, and the Government’s Goals on Maternal Health and Mortality.
He stressed that although the monetary value cannot be placed on the life of his wife, it will sever as a deterrent to the defendants and other persons in the position of the defendants.
The plaintiff further added that he had suffered enormously by the loss of his wife, and in such a traumatising way, due to lack of professionalism on the part of the medical officers who attended to Akua Nyarko Osei-Bonsu.