She dreams of walking one day but her dream will remain a dream only.
The parents of the three-year old, Sonam Peldon, feel that the delay in the operation performed on her daughter when she was just 9-months old could have been the cause of paralysis while Medical director of the JDWNR hospital says it is not the case.
In an interview with The Bhutanese, the medical director, Dr. Kinzang P. Tshering, Neonatologist said ”Our first aim was to save the life of the girl, which we did. The cause of the girl’s paralysis was not due to the negligence of the doctors, we have operated her with good faith. There was pierce in the spinal cord, which could have gone to the brain and she could have died.”
“It was a life threatening problem, the girl would have died if the surgery was not done. Patients referred outside, do have same kind of problems,” the Doctor said.
He said that one can prevent complications but cannot prevent complications due to disease processes.
Sonam Peldon was born with a defect in the spinal cord and presented to doctors with multiple abscesses in the spinal cord which was confirmed by a CT scan.
On questioning the doctor’s about the implications in the long run, the doctor then had said that it would have no impact, said Sonam Peldon’s mother.
“Had the surgery been done during the time of diagnosis, the situation might have been something else,” said the 22-year old mother, Dema Yangzom.
“If it was a life threatening problem that my daughter was having then, why did doctors not tell me but wait till nine months to have operation done on her? By then the condition of my daughter had worsened. She refused to feed on milk, vomited and had fever. I had visited the hospital more than three times but I was always told, there was nothing to worry. With time, the lump also grew and a pierce had also formed,” she said.
The baby could move her legs, crawl but after the operation everything was tragic, said the mother.
“She has now problem with bowel movements and has to drag her whole body to move around,” said Dema Yangzom.
The family is from Trashigang and has been living in the capital for seven years.
Chencho Dema / Thimphu