The St. John’s Hospital & Fertility Centre has debunked allegations of medical negligence that led to the death of a baby boy.
In a statement, the health facility’s lawyers said that the claims were unfounded, unjustified, and false.
According to the statement,
“Our client strongly denies the allegations of medical negligence and any vicarious liability as claimed in the statement. We also wish to inform you that this allegation can best be described as extortionary”
Due to their baby’s death, a couple has filed a lawsuit against the facility, seeking GH5 million in compensation for their loss of life and the pain and suffering they caused.
The couple, Ekow Andoh and Sandra Tekyiwaa Sackey, claimed that their baby died of asphyxiation because of the carelessness of the medical staff as a whole.
In their statement of claim, they asked the court to rule that the defendant was vicariously liable for the medical negligence of its employees’ health care workers, who caused their baby’s severe asphyxia diagnosis and subsequent death.
However, the attorneys have stated that the allegations are meant to defamr the medical facility’s well-deserved reputation.
In addition, the statement claimed that:
“We wish to emphatically state that our client and its health workers exercised reasonable care in accordance with the established standards and protocols accepted in the medical profession in their duty to Mrs Sandra Tekyiwaa Sackey from her antenatal to the delivery of her baby”
They insist that their client has never violated its obligation to Mrs. Sackey.
“At the time Mrs. Sackey visited our client’s health facility, she was immediately attended to when her water breaking, which she claimed had occurred an hour earlier, was detected.
“However, she informed our health workers of an impending exam she had to write on the same day. Our client and its health workers through their professionalism persuaded Mrs Sackey over and over again in the interest of her unborn baby to forgo her pending examination that very day,” the statement explained.
The solicitors has expressed readiness to contest the writ when served.