Saturday August 11, 2012
Victims tell of trauma in hospital
By LIM WEY WEN
SERDANG: After enduring the trauma of being slashed by robbers at their house, a mother and her two sons claimed they faced another round of horror at Hospital Serdang where they sought treatment.
One of the brothers, who wished to be known only as Lim, 36, said he was covered with blood from multiple wounds on his head, right shoulder, arms and knee when he was rushed to the hospital at about 3.30am last Thursday.
He said the robbers, believed to be foreigners, had broken into their home at Taman Lestari Putra, about half-an-hour earlier and also slashed his mother, 61, and younger brother, 26.
“After the robbers escaped, my younger brother managed to drive us to the nearest hospital,” said Lim yesterday.
Lim said when they arrived at the emergency unit, they screamed for help to get the staff's attention.
“I had to climb onto a stretcher myself. I was in pain due to the deep cut on my knee, but the staff were talking about what they had for their meals that morning,” he said, adding that his wounds were only stitched up at about 8.30am.
Another brother, who went to the hospital to check on the injured, claimed the first group of six to seven hospital employees, who included doctors, did not know how to deal with the situation.
“They were discussing how to stitch a wound. They looked lost and even snapped photos of my brother's (Lim's) deep gashes on their mobile phones.
“I then asked to have them transferred to a private hospital but the hospital staff refused to grant permission for the use of an ambulance, although there were five parked outside,'' he said, adding that he then called for a private ambulance to take the injured to Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya.
At the hospital, he said a CT scan on Lim's head and MRI on his knee revealed a hairline fracture and torn ligaments, while his mother was also confirmed to have suffered a skull hairline fracture.
Lim and his mother were discharged on Monday, while his younger brother received outpatient treatment at the Assunta Hospital.
Hospital Serdang director Datuk Dr Ardi Awang, when contacted, said his staff had to be careful when dealing with assualt cases, but said there could have been communication problems.
“The patients were first attended to by housemen but a medical officer arrived at about 4am,” he said.
Dr Ardi added that Lim was first referred to the orthopaedic unit after an X-ray and referred back to the emergency unit at 8.30am.
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