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Back from the 'dead'

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

INVESTIGATIONS have started to determine how a man who was being treated for a medical condition went into coma, declared dead and pronounced alive hours later.

Jai Narayan, 55, of Omkar Rd, Narere in Nasinu, had sought medical attention at the CWM Hospital on March 19 last year for a swelling in his genital.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Narayan recalled the day he was rushed to the hospital, seen by a doctor who took his blood pressure and injected him on his left hand several times, which he claimed led to his unconsciousness state.

"I only had hernia. The doctor pushed the needle one by one and within a minute, I yelled out loudly as my chest started to pain and my airways blocked," he said.

He said his wife was with him that day and all he remembered was having his chest massaged before he collapsed.

He said he fell into a coma and claimed medical personnel attending to him pronounced him dead when he failed to respond after the treatment.

His wife, Nirmala Wati, said a few minutes after treatment, the doctor told her to move out of the ward because her husband was dead.

She said she went outside to inform other family members who were left shocked.

She said she then informed her son and daughter-in-law to prepare to take his body down to the mortuary.

"When I went inside (the ward), my husband was lying on the bed and he was covered. I kept on looking at him and suddenly noticed some movement on his face," Ms Wati said.

"After one hour of being pronounced dead, his eyebrow flicked."

In a letter of complaint to Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma dated April 22, 2013, Ms Wati described the events leading up to her husband's deteriorating health condition. She asked for an explanation on what happened on the day.

She also wrote to the Fiji Medical and Dental Secretariat expressing her concerns on how her husband was treated and the subsequent effects.

It is now over a year and Ms Wati said her husband, who used to be a fit van driver, continues to suffer from breathing and walking difficulties. Mr Narayan said these started following his treatment from CWMH.

He has also approached the Small Claims Trubunal claiming for alleged medical negligence by the CWM Hospital. He is claiming $85,000.

Fiji Medical and Dental Secretariat CEO and registrar Dharmesh Prasad confirmed receiving a complaint from Mr Narayan.

Mr Prasad said the matter was being investigated and it was taking time because of the complexity of the case.

"We are getting all the records and this was the case where we directed him to meet up with the hospital officials to sort it out."

He also confirmed they were talking to the doctors involved before they go back to the victim for further consultation.

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