KUALA LUMPUR: A senior sales assistant was awarded RM65,000 by a High Court for the pain she had endured after doctors left a broken surgical needle in her vagina following her delivery seven years ago.
The court also awarded Rozita Haron @ Choo Kim Koon RM1,145 in special damages and costs.
Rozita, 34, filed a negligence suit against the director of Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru, the director-general of Malaysian Medical Services and the Government on Dec 14, 1998.
She said she was admitted to the hospital on Dec 26, 1995, and delivered her child through normal delivery the next day.
She went through a procedure to sew a vaginal incision after the delivery. The procedure, she said, was stopped for a while before it was continued.
She said she was discharged on Dec 28, 1995 but three to four days later her vagina became so painful that she could neither urinate nor walk.
She said she had seen several doctors about her pain but was only given painkillers.
“Finally, I saw another doctor on Aug 28,1996. After examining me, the doctor found a broken needle on the side of my vagina,” she said in her statement of claim.
The needle was removed from her vagina on Aug 29, 1996.
On Aug 1, 2001, then High Court judge Justice Arifin Zakaria recorded a consent judgment in Rozita’s favour and ordered that damages be assessed.
The senior assistant registrar had since heard submissions from lawyer Gobind Singh Deo and senior federal counsel Alice Loke, who represented the defendants, on the quantum of damages before giving her decision yesterday.