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UAE: A medical error in adenoidectomy caused a young engineer to go blind
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The Abu Dhabi Court for Family and Civil and Administrative Claims decided to suspend the adjudication of a compensation suit, brought by a young electrical engineer, against a hospital and a nose and ear doctor who had caused blindness in his right eye as a result of a medical error.

A young electrical engineer filed a lawsuit against a hospital and an ear and nose doctor, demanding that they jointly pay him four million dirhams in compensation for the material and moral damages he sustained as a result of the defendants’ mistake, while obligating them to pay fees and expenses and in return for attorney’s fees, indicating that he went to the hospital. For her review regarding a complaint of stuffy nose, sinus infections and obstructive sleep apnea, he was referred to an otolaryngologist (the second defendant) and his condition was evaluated and recommended for endoscopic sinus surgery, nasal adenoidectomy and nasal septal repair.

The young man explained that after the operation, he noticed swelling and bruising in the right eyelid and double vision, and an examination was conducted and it was found that the condition of his eyesight was sound, and it was recommended that the plaintiff be removed from the hospital the next morning without being presented to a specialized eye doctor, pointing out that after three days, the doctor visited the second defendant again and did By referring to an ophthalmologist, he stated that he lost his sight three days ago, immediately after undergoing a sinus operation.

The young man indicated that the ophthalmologist discovered hemorrhage in the conjunctiva and paralysis of the external muscles of the right eye. The magnetic imaging showed injury to the medial wall of the right eye socket with an inflamed blood pool inside the eye socket. The doctor took care of draining the blood pool under the conjunctiva under the influence of local anesthesia, and the young man was given medications to reduce pressure on the nerve It is recommended that he be transferred to a specialized eye hospital.

He added that his condition was evaluated by an emergency doctor in a specialized hospital, and he concluded that surgical intervention was not feasible at this time due to the complete loss of sight in the right eye due to damage to the optic nerve as a result of pressure on it from the blood pool that occurred in the eye socket for a period exceeding 48 hours. .

The young man added that he lost his sight in the right eye as a result of the defendants’ negligence and error, and there is no treatment for him. A dirham, which prompted him to file a lawsuit, and submit medical reports issued by hospitals in the country.

For its part, the court stated in the merits of the ruling, that the young man is asking the defendants for compensation for the medical error, which is established according to the report of the medical liability committee, noting that it is established in the papers that the report of the medical liability committee was challenged by the defendants, which must stop the adjudication of the case. Until a decision is issued regarding the grievance submitted by the defendants, whether by rejection, cancellation or amendment.

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