A PATHOLOGY report read out in court yesterday noted that the Asian national who died as a result of an alleged attack in downtown Suva had blood-stained gauzes (bandage) left in his brain after surgeons at CWM Hospital operated on him.
In court yesterday, Dr Anand Lal, who was the doctor-in-charge at the Accident and Emergency Unit that morning, gave evidence of what transpired early morning of October 22 last year.
Dr Lal said he remembered that a rugby match took place the previous night and he was busy with trauma cases, a heart attack case and the "gentleman that passed away".
He said the Chinese patient was brought in at 5am in a wheelchair by two other Chinese men.
He noted that the patient reeked of alcohol, he had vomited on himself and was in a comatose condition.
Dr Lal said when he checked the patient, his pupil was dilated and spotted an obvious bruise on his right knee.
He said his initial reaction after finding that the patient's pupil was dilated was that the man was in a life-threatening condition.
In cross examination, accused person Aminio Rawaiduvu's lawyer Sevuloni Vakawaletabua questioned Dr Lal about a gauze that was left in the brain of the Chinese man, which was reported by the pathologist.
Mr Vakawaletabua asked Dr Lal if he saw the gauze as a foreign element in the brain.
Dr Lal replied: "Yes, it is a foreign element but then sometimes, it is there for a purpose."
Mr Vakawaletabua again asked if it was right to leave a blood-stained gauze in the brain, when it is noted as a foreign element.
Dr Lal said "only a surgeon would know the answer to that".
The court heard that a Dr Jone, a surgeon at the CWMH, had noted in the patient's history that the patient was assaulted and robbed.
It is alleged that Mr Rawaiduvu punched the Chinese man at 11:30pm on October 21 last year.
The victim allegedly hit his head after Mr Rawaiduvu allegedly punched him on his face.
The trial continues today.