ALOR STAR: Housewife Bashah Mustaffa, who was given HIV-contaminated blood in a transfusion three years ago, can probably expect a normal lifespan.
Dr Nicholas Paton, a consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Singapore’s Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said the prospects for Bashah were relatively good.
“With continued and regular use of HIV medication, the virus can be controlled and she need not experience any complications resulting from HIV-induced damage to the immune system that would usually occur with untreated HIV infection,” Dr Paton said in his medical report on Bashah dated July 12, 2001, which was tendered as an exhibit at a High Court hearing yesterday to assess damages for her.
The hearing was held in the chambers of Alor Star High Court senior assistant registrar Ahmad Sazilee Ahmad Khairi.
Bashah, 50, her husband Halim Hamid, 48, and their four children had filed a RM100mil suit against the Government in May 2000 after she was given the tainted blood during a transfusion at Jitra Hospital a month earlier.
The plaintiffs also named the Jitra Hospital director, Kedah Health and Medical Services director and Health Minister as defendants.
It was reported in June that the Jitra Hospital director had admitted negligence towards Bashah. The hearing to determine liability in the suit by the other plaintiffs had been fixed at the High Court here on Feb 17.
Jagdeep Singh Deo, appearing for the plaintiffs, said they closed their case yesterday, adding that the hearing would continue on Jan 14.