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Mulago, AAR summoned over death of MP Mulengani’s wife

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th February 2011 03:00 AM

THE High Court has summoned Mulago Hospital and AAR Health Services to defend themselves in a case of negligence that resulted into the death of MP Benard Mulengani’s wife.

THE High Court has summoned Mulago Hospital and AAR Health Services to defend themselves in a case of negligence that resulted into the death of MP Benard Mulengani’s wife.

By Zamu Naluwooza

THE High Court has summoned Mulago Hospital and AAR Health Services to defend themselves in a case of negligence that resulted into the death of MP Benard Mulengani’s wife.

Mulengani sued the hospitals over the death of his wife, Gloria Kyasimire, who died on February 7, 2010 due to a blood mismatch shortly after a transfusion of blood group B+, yet she was O+.

According to the summons signed by the deputy registrar civil, Isac Muwata, the hospitals are required to file their defence within 15 days.

Mulengani filed the suit at the High Court and is seeking compensation of over sh542m. He has also included a doctor in his suit, whom he accuses of negligently causing the death of his wife.

According to Mulengani, his wife received antenatal services from AAR between 2009 and 2010, and was being treated by Dr Miriam Nakalembe, a consultant gynecologist employed by both Mulago and AAR.

He claims that at the time his wife was admitted to Mulago, she was also attended to by the same doctor.

“On February 6, 2010, I urgently called Dr. Nakalembe informing her of the deceased’s critical condition, owing to her pregnancy. She advised me to proceed to Mulago, where she would join me later,” Mulengani said.

He said while at Mulago, his wife was taken to the theatre and at the time he had discussed her blood group with the doctor.

“The discussion arose from the doctor’s statement to me that she knew the deceased’s blood group to be B+. However, I clearly told her that I knew the deceased’s blood group to be O+ from prior treatments and antenatal visits at Mulago. I advised her to crosscheck with the deceased’s file at the hospital,” Mulengani stated.

He further noted that during the operation, it was found necessary to transfuse blood into the deceased and a unit of blood discovered in the theatre was transfused into her without cross-matching it with her blood.

“The doctors negligently carried out an operation resulting into her death,” Mulangeni explained.

Particulars of negligence of AAR

Mulengani argues that AAR is liable for the death of his wife because before going to Mulago Hospital, she attended antenatal care at AAR.

He claims that in course of her attendance, AAR sampled her blood and negligently classified it at B+ when she was O+. “AAR mixed up the blood samples. They marked the blood sample of another patient with the name of my wife.”

Mulengani said as a result of the negligence of staff at AAR, Mulago relied on the same to transfuse blood, which turned to be erroneous.

He said after the deceased’s condition deteriorated, the blood was grouped and found to be O+


Mulago, AAR summoned over death of MP Mulengani’s wife

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