A 51-year-old Indian-origin Singapore woman, Ms. Sarina Kaur has filed a lawsuit against the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), claiming S$ 8.72 million in damages to cover costs, including the loss of future earnings and prostheses after complications from a urological procedure causing amputation of her limbs.
Ms. Kaur accused the doctors of proceeding with the procedure to treat a recurrent urinary tract infection, even though she had tested positive for a type of bacteria. Ms. Kaur has multiple sclerosis and has been receiving treatment at SGH since 1979 and on November 20, 2012 she was admitted for the procedure after which she developed a fever and low blood pressure. Ms. Kaur later went into septic shock and her limbs turned gangrenous. She had her legs amputated at the knees in December, 2012, and lost her forearms in January, 2013.
According to a medical report provided by her lawyer Ms. Kaur suffered numerous surgeries and pain following the urological procedure when bacteria from the bladder spread and led to septicaemic shock. Responding to media queries, the hospital said Kaur’s condition could have been the result of her multiple underlying conditions, adding that her urine culture test results before the procedure did not "preclude the decision to continue with the procedure", and that appropriate steps were taken to minimize the risk of complications.
A pre-trial is scheduled for early January , 2016.