Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee has promised to launch an investigation into a suspected medical blunder at United Christian Hospital that left a 15-year-old patient paralyzed on one side of her body.
The patient underwent a procedure called plasmapheresis, a process involving replacing one’s blood plasma with a donor’s or a plasma substitute, at the Kwun Tong hospital in November last year after being diagnosed with inflammation of the spinal cord, also known as acute transverse myelitis.
However, the girl’s family suspected the doctors accidentally pierced an artery in the girl’s neck during the operation.
After the procedure, the girl showed signs of stroke with blood accumulating in her chest.
She was transferred to the intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital later that day and has been staying there since. She can’t move the left side of her body at the moment.
At a press conference on Saturday, the girl’s family accused medical staff at the hospital of negligence.
The hospital said it had explained to the family that the procedure was a high-risk one and was done with their consent.
Asked how the Hospital Authority will respond to the family’s allegations, Chan said a third-party panel comprising experts will be formed to look into the incident and submit a detailed report.
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