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The family of a girl, Shekina Saiti Magola, who allegedly died due to complications following a surgical operation at Kamuzu Central Hospital, is demanding K150 million from the government.

In a letter to the Ministry of Health and the office of the Attorney General which The Daily Times, has seen, the girl’s father Humphrey Charles Saiti claims Shekina, who had cancer, died due to negligence of medical personnel who handled her case at the referral facility.

The letter, signed by lawyer George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company, indicates that the deceased was diagnosed with cervical cancer that was in its early stages and she was advised to undergo hysterectomy to avert the development of the disease.

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It further says on April 1 2020, the deceased left for the hospital, full of life, for the operation that was to be conducted the following day.

The letter adds that the deceased and all family members present were informed by the medical personnel handling the operation that during the surgery, they had severed the uterus together with a blood vessel, as a result of which the deceased started haemorrhaging profusely.

“To try and remedy the situation, the medical personnel conducted blood transfusion and did another operation on the abdomen of the deceased to try and stop the haemorrhage but the ruptured blood vessel continued to cause massive haemorrhage until she lost too much blood to live,” it reads.

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According to the letter, it was clear that the deceased died due to loss of blood caused by the negligent manner in which the surgery was performed on her by the medical personnel.

“We demand the sum of K150 million as compensation to the family of the deceased for breach of the constitutional right to life occasioned by the medical personnel in this matter,” the letter says.

The family has since indicated that if the government fails to pay the said amount within 90 days, they will file a court action under relevant laws.

Reacting to the demand, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale said once complaints of this nature land in his hands, he writes the Ministry of Health to give them a chance to say their position on the matter.

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