21 Sep 2007

Fiji public disturbed by death of five year old boy in Suva Hospital

10:37 am on 21 September 2007

The death of a 5-year old boy who was on a life support machine at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva has caused a furore in Fiji with hundreds joining in the outcry.

Shavneet Kumar was initially treated at the hospital for a fractured arm but was re-admitted mid last week for surgery after which he went into a coma.

The minister for health, Dr Jona Senilagakali, visited the boy several times this week but admitted there was very little hope for his survival.

The parents say they sent a healthy and lively boy to hospital with only a fractured arm and are blaming doctors and nurses for the boy's comatose condition before his death.

The mother claims her son was murdered because she saw someone interfering with the life support equipment before the boy's death.

The parents are planning to sue the hospital and police have been called in to investigate the death.

Dr Senilagakali said on television last night that medical staff did their best but reminded people that sometimes there are deaths in hospitals as well.

Some private practitioners believe the boy may have had an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic administered to him during surgery.