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Local Malpractice

1.) The Vicente Sotto Scandal, as many have tagged it, is actually about medical
malpractice. The video shows a gay named Jan Jan, 39 years of age who had a can of Black
Suede inserted in his behind. The patient claimed that his partner in bed forced him to do it. The
Vicente Sotto scandal participants (doctors and nurses) are already under investigation, which
should only be the case because they have violated one basic human right (i.e., the right to
privacy). A human rights violation should not go unpunished in my opinion.

The Vicente Sotto scandal is a testimony of medical malpractice here in the Philippines wherein
doctors, nurses and other health workers are not allowed by law and ethics to divulge
information about their patients. That is one provision the Patient’s Bill of rights, it happened at
the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu, Philippines. The hospital administrators are
also looking into this since the evidence is clear that the doctors and nurses did something
terribly wrong to their patient.

2.) 26-year-old Victoria Deraco died in a government-run hospital in the Philippines after
she was given the wrong blood type in a procedure that was supposed to save her life. Deraco
had just given birth by caesarian operation when she was transfused with type A blood at the
East Avenue Medical Center in December 2004. The procedure was done three times before
attending doctors realized that her blood type was B.

Due to the mistake, the young mother slipped into a coma and died in January 2005.

Her family is now locked in a court battle against doctors, medical personnel and officials of the
East Avenue Medical Center to seek justice for Deraco`s death - one of a growing number of
horror stories resulting from medical negligence or incompetence in Philippine hospitals.

But the fight has not been easy since the Philippines does not have a medical malpractice law
that would govern such cases and make efforts by complainants to run after negligent or
incompetent practitioners less tedious and expensive.
Foreign Malpractice

1.)Focusing on 54 patients who filed claims for a medical malpractice claim, found that 69
percent of the foreign objects left behind after surgery were sponges and 31 percent
were medical instruments. At least thirty-seven (37) of those patients required corrective
surgery and one died.

a woman had a surgical sponge inside her abdomen for more than two years. She kept going
back to the doctor with complaints of back pain, incontinence, and stomach pain. The doctors
kept telling her that this was a part of her recovery and that she may always have some minor
discomfort. The problem was that her initial surgery was a hysterectomy, and this procedure
does not create permanent back pain. Then my client went to see a chiropractor for her back
pain. The chiropractor took an x-ray and noted a large mass. The client was referred out for a
CT scan, which confirmed this mass. Finally, a radiologist determined the mass was a foreign
object. By this time more than 2 years had elapsed. The sponge had actually been partly
absorbed by the client's intestines, necessitating emergency surgery to remove it.

The plaintiff brought suit on behalf of himself and his infant for the wrongful death of the
decedent mother following a cesarean section. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants were
negligent in tearing major blood vessels that resulted in the decedent’s death. The plaintiff
alleged that the defendants failed to realize and repair the damage.

2.) The 33-year-old mother was admitted to the defendant hospital in labor. After fetal
tracings demonstrated that the infant’s heart rate was dropping the defendant obstetrician
decided to perform a cesarean section. The plaintiff contended that two of the decedent’s major
blood vessels were torn during the operation. The decedent’s blood pressure dropped and she
complained of shortness of breath. The nurse called the defendant anesthesiologist regarding
the drop in blood pressure. The obstetrician was notified late that night. At 12:17 a.m. the
decedent went into respiratory distress. She was stabilized and moved to the operating room for
exploratory surgery. The defendant obstetrician failed to determine the cause of the internal
bleeding but assuming that it was related to the birth, decided to perform a hysterectomy.

The bleeding continued until approximately 6 a.m. when the torn blood vessels were noted. At
that time, the decedent had already suffered brain death. The life support was removed two
days later. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant hospital, obstetrician,
anesthesiologist and nurse alleging that the defendants’ cutting the decedent’s pelvic blood
vessels during the cesarean section was negligent and the staff’s failed to recognize and treat
the severity of the decedent’s condition prior to her going into respiratory distress.