Humans are imperfect, and as a result, hospitals will be imperfect.
But when a mistake happens that personally affects the lives of your loved ones, it’s hard to forgive and forget.
When I read about how NUH has been sued for medical negligence by two different parties, I couldn’t help but think, “Serves them right.”
Because of two rounds of erroneous diagnosis, my mum had a false sense security that this particular lump was harmless.
For two years…it was left there, festering. Until her female intuition kicked in and she demanded a biopsy even though the doctor told her she was “worrying too much”.
And then began the nightmare of chemos and radiation that lasted for a year.
My uncle who was a doctor was so angry. How could a Professor in Medicine get away with this? He personally went down to confront the specialist doctor-to-doctor and ended up in tears.
There was financial compensation, there were personal apologies made. But you just don’t get some things back.