The fate of toddler Nur Sofiera Natasha, 2, hangs in a balance. She suffers permanent disability of her right limb as a result of a calcium injection by medical staff of Hospital Raja Bainun, Ipoh (Ipoh General Hospital).
Nur Sofiera’s problem began when she was brought to the hospital by her parents for the treatment of a mild illness. That was in 2009. She was warded but was allowed to return home after 10 days although her condition was not resolved. “Fearing for her safety, we brought her back to the hospital for follow-up treatment,” recounted her mother, Husdalia Hussin, 30, when met at her Jalan Hospital flat recently.
The parents are disputing the statement made by Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Executive Councillor for Health and Local Government, who had, in a press conference, following a directive from the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, stated that Nur’s disability was caused by a virus which attacked her brain and nervous system while still in her mother’s womb.
“I am aghast why such a statement is made at this juncture. It now seems that my daughter is at fault and not the hospital,” she protested. “There were no such records on my child when I delivered her.”
Husdalia wants an open discussion with all the parties involved, witnessed by Dato’ Mah and the MB. “This will settle the issue once and for all,” she added. “There have been too many speculations and assumptions made thus far.”
The parents can take comfort that the matter has now come under the purview of the Health Ministry. An independent board of inquiry will be convened soon to find the root cause of the problem.