Wrong eye injection shocker

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PETALING JAYA: Imagine going to a hospital to get your left eye checked only for your right eye to be attended to instead.

It may seem to be something pulled off from a Hollywood comedy flick, but Krishnavani Saminathan is not laughing a single bit.

The 54-year-old housewife who was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration last May was given a rude awakening when she went for a follow-up treatment at Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital on Dec 21 last year.

"I went to the hospital in the morning for a follow-up my treatment. The overall treatment involves the ad-ministration of several injections on my left eye and I was supposed to get a shot during each visit."

She said necessary scans were done on her left eye before she was taken to a small room where she was supposed to get the jab.

"I was told to lie down and a nurse came into the room and quickly covered my face with a cloth which had a hole on the right eye."

"The nurse then told me not to move. But, I quickly told her that they were about to inject the wrong eye. But, without listening to what I said the doctor just went ahead. I was shocked," she said.

Krishnavani said after the injection, she asked the doctor what was going on.

However, to her surprise, the consultant doctor who attended to her previously was nowhere to be seen.

"Instead, a younger doctor was in his place. I was very distressed and I started to question him. But, the nurse tried to pacify me and asked me to wait in another room so I could meet the consultant doctor."

"When he arrived ten minutes later, I demanded for an explanation. I also told him to issue a letter stating that he would take full responsibility in the event there was any complication."

She claims her doctor gave her the letter but no where in the letter was it stated he will take responsibility for the incident.

"When I questioned the doctor again, he said he was the one who injected me and not the young doctor."

"I was shocked at this blatant lie. It was totally unbelievable and unacceptable as he was nowhere to be seen when I opened my eyes immediately after the injection."

"I also questioned the nurseon why she did not take heed when I informed her that they were about to inject the wrong eye."

But the nurse however said she was "deep in thoughts" and did not hear what the patient had uttered.

"What is even more disappointing is the fact that the doctor was not apologetic at all."

The consultant doctor she claims went on to say: "It is normal for mistakes like this to happen as they had to attend to thousands of patients every day."

"He later claimed the injection was not harmful to her right eye and went on inject her left eye.

"It is truly unprofessional and unbecoming of a doctor to utter such remarks to a patient who put so much trust in him.I went home that day with blurry vision. Thankfully my husband had accompanied me to the hospital."

"I am extremely unhappy. My husband is just a gardener and I depend on my eyes to do petty tailoring job to support my family.

"Due to this negligence, IÂ've been through an emotional breakdown as I am constantly worried about my eyes.

"I could not sleep for two days because of this. Both of my eyes was red for a week I was also forced to wear sunglasses for a week as my eyes were sensitive to light.

Krishnavani said she lodged a police report and had lodged an official complaint to the hospital in January but she has yet to hear from them.

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