Woman gets B10m for childbirth injury

The Civil Court on Monday sentenced Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Plc and an obstetrician to pay 10.27 million baht in compensation plus 7.5% annual interest to a Japanese woman who sustained third degree burns during the surgical delivery of her baby on Feb 25, 2012.

Mikayo Ito, the victim, attended the court hearing with her husband, Pol Sen Sgt Maj Narong Laosing, a police offer at the Immigration Bureau in Chon Buri province, and her lawyer, Kittipan Duangpakdee.

Mrs Ito, 42, was left with a 15cm wide scar that stretched from her right breast down to her right thigh after she was burnt by a tourniquet machine during the surgical delivery at Bangkok Hospital, which is owned by the firm.

The obstetrician who operated on her was Dr Theera Watcharapreechanont.

The hospital paid for the procedure, but in June last year Mrs Ito decided to sue Bangkok Hospital, Dr Theera, and Covidien (Thailand) Ltd, the importer of the tourniquet machine used during the delivery, demanding 82.63 million compensation from them.

The court on Monday threw out the charges against Covidien, because it deemed that the victim's injury resulted from the operating surgeon's carelessness.

Mr Kittipan said that his client was also pressing criminal charges against Bangkok Hospital and Dr Theera at Makkasan police station, for carelessness resulting in injury, but there has been no progress in the case yet. 

Mrs Ito said she is yet to receive apologies from either the hospital or the obstetrician, adding that both were refusing to take any responsibility for what happened.

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