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Assistant engineer sues hospital over alleged negligence leading to double leg amputation [NSTTV]

SHAH ALAM: An assistant engineer at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) claims to have become a person with disabilities (PWD) due to the negligence of a prominent private hospital's surgeon.

Isman Ibrahim, 41, has filed a lawsuit against the hospital in the High Court, alleging that the hospital's negligence led to the amputation of both his legs five years ago.

"I went to the hospital for appendicitis, but due to the doctor's negligence, I lost my legs. The surgical procedure did not go well when the doctor pierced and tied the main blood vessels, causing both legs to turn black or gangrenous," he explained to reporters after the court proceedings.

Isman recounted how he was subsequently transferred to another private hospital, where his legs were amputated up to the thigh to save his life. His wife was pregnant with their fourth child at the time, adding emotional strain to the ordeal.

"For 10 days, I had to hide my fate from my other three children before they cried seeing my latest condition," he said, expressing the emotional toll the incident had on his family.

Besides the physical trauma, Isman also described the severe nerve pain he experienced every two days as a result of the surgeon's negligence, saying that he had not had a good night's sleep in five years.

Determined to seek justice and raise awareness about hospital negligence, Isman emphasised his commitment to bringing the case to court and urged others in similar situations to come forward.

Isman's lawyer, Firhat Muhd Fikri Isman, announced that while the initial lawsuit claim was for RM55 million, they would refile the claim to ensure his client's welfare, including obtaining the actual costs for prosthetic legs.

"We want the plaintiff to lead a normal life. The re-filing of the lawsuit claim will be done within the next month," he assured.

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