Gov’t to pay damages
The Government has been ordered to pay $500,000 in damages to a 65 year old mason and farmer, for a surgery that was performed to the wrong side of his body.
Supreme Court Judge Carol Beswick found yesterday that there was a breach of duty at the Spanish Town Hospital where the surgery was performed.
Laxlie Greenland, of Pembroke Hall, St. Mary was admitted to the hospital in April 1998 for surgery to remove a hernia to his left side.
The surgery was done to his right side because a hospital worker had written the wrong information on his admission card.
Two weeks later surgery was done to the correct side.
Greenland sued the Board of Management of the Spanish Town Hospital and the Attorney General to recover damages for negligence.