Malpractice investigation launched over cloth inside womb

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The woman and her baby are continuing to recover at Calmette Hospital. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Medical Council of Cambodia has launched an investigation into the malpractice case in Kampong Cham province that led to a woman suffering from stomach pains for three months because a handkerchief was left inside her body following a caesarean section.

Dim Srey Mom, 35, a teacher at Peam Chi Kang High School in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district, delivered her first child on October 25, but had repeated stomach pains following the surgery.

Ms Srey Mom decided to have surgery again at a private clinic in Phnom Penh on January 19 where a handkerchief was discovered in her belly, according to the victim’s sister.

The Medical Council of Cambodia yesterday issued a statement saying that it is launching an investigation into the case in order to penalise the doctors responsible for the malpractice.

The MCC said it was saddened to hear about the case and that a “thorough” investigation is underway.

“The Medical Council of Cambodian is organising medical specialists to conduct a thorough study of this incident,” the statement said.

Kim Sour Phirum, head of the Kampong Cham provincial health department, said that the MCC will determine what penalties shall be applied.

“In the medical professional’s code of conduct, if someone does something wrong and they are at fault, then they should face discipline,” he said. “Now, they are working on this case to investigate it and determine what that discipline should be.”

Mr Sour Phirum said the penalties could include a fine or suspension from duties. He declined to identify the doctors who performed the C-section on the victim.

“Right now this case is under investigation and their identities will be known once the investigation is over,” he said.

The victim’s sister yesterday said that her sister is still in Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh recovering from her earlier surgery.

“The doctors here said she needs more time to recover,” she said. “I don’t know when she will be able to go home, but at least now she is feeling better because they did the operation to remove the cloth.”

She added that her family is not concerned about the MCC investigation.

“I don’t think the doctors intended to leave the cloth inside my sister,” she said. “Their mistake was unintentional. Now we only care about my sister’s health and that our medical bills are covered.”

According to a Facebook post by the Kampong Cham provincial administration on Saturday, Ms Srey Mom received $5,000 from the provincial health department and an additional $1,250 from Kampong Cham Governor Kuoch Chamroeun following her urgent request for intervention.

Her stay at Calmette will be taken care of by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife Bun Rany, the post added.

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