Romain Grosjean crash, F1 rejects Daniel Ricciardo, updates, hospital, TV broadcast criticism


F1 has defended the broadcasting decisions made in the wake of Romain Grosjean’s horrific crash after Daniel Ricciardo slammed TV coverage of the incident as “disgusting”.

Grosjean suffered burns to his hands and is recovering in hospital after the shocking crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw his car split in half and burst into flames as it hammered into the safety barriers at 225km/h.

The race was stopped before being restarted later and Ricciardo was furious the terrifying crash received so much airtime.

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The Aussie driver said it was a “cold blooded” decision to show replays of Grosjean leaping out of his car as it was engulfed by flames, accusing F1 of showing no regard for the Haas star’s family.

“The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays over and over, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all of our families watching,” Ricciardo told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo.

“We’re going to go race again in an hour and every time we look on the TV it’s a ball of fire and his car’s cut in half.

“I mean we can see that tomorrow, we don’t need to see it today.

“For me, it was entertainment and they’re playing with all of our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting.”

However, F1 defended its handling of the crash, rejecting the notion it placed entertainment value first and saying all protocols were followed.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, a spokesman for the governing body confirmed no replays were broadcast until it was clear Grosjean was safe and no marshals were injured.

“Firstly, at F1 this isn’t about entertainment and a few procedures and protocols are in place before any decision to run a replay is made,” the spokesman said. “Following an accident, all onboards, helicopter feeds etc are cut. There are direct comms between race control and the broadcast centre.

“No footage is shown until there is confirmation that the driver is OK. On this occasion at this point F1 showed Romain with the ambulance, helmet off and walking with aid.

“No replays of an accident are shown until there is approval and confirmation from race control/FIA that all persons are safe. Replays then started.

“The context of what a viewer sees and hears with the commentary is important, with them talking about the safety of Romain, the halo, FIA safety improvements, and updates from the medical centre.

“There is constant dialogue between F1, FIA /race control, and sound judgment on viewers, families and those affected.”

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Ricciardo said he would be disappointed if other drivers didn’t share his view, while Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said after the race the sport is still wrestling with the dilemma of being transparent with fans in troubling moments.

“Those images were frightening and graphic, but if you’re not transparent as an organisation, you’re just taking the risk that somebody else shows stuff that is beyond your control,” he said.

Responding to Ricciardo’s criticism, Grosjean’s boss at Haas, Gunther Steiner, said he was OK with replays being shown once it was established the Frenchman was safe.

“You can have two opinions here, but my opinion is if it ended lucky, and nothing bad happened, why not show it to make sure people understand?” Steiner said.

“Yeah it was bad, but everybody is OK. That was how to deal with it. We wanted to get the news out as soon as possible to the people, Romain is OK guys, just because it’s difficult to contact family, friends, people who know us, people of the team. If we sent one message via TV and something like this, it’s much more powerful.

“I think showing it and showing him jumping out, yeah, it looks a little bit and it is dramatic, but it ended good. So long as it ends good, I’m fine.

“For sure, if something bad happens, it shouldn’t be shown. I’m not an expert in TV ethics, but in my opinion, a good thing was shown.”

Grosjean has provided updates on his condition from hospital, posting videos and photos on Instagram thanking people for their kind messages and reassuring everyone he is doing fine.

The 34-year-old is expected to be discharged from hospital on Wednesday (AEDT) but will sit out next weekend’s grand prix, also in Bahrain.



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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Mekelle hospital struggling after attack – Red Cross


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The main hospital in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray is “dangerously low” on supplies as it treats the wounded from the fighting around the city, the Red Cross says.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had said that federal forces had taken control of the city.

He described it as the “last phase” in the three-week long fight with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

But the TPLF leader vowed to fight on, in a statement to Reuters.

Few details have emerged from Tigray throughout the fighting as communications have been cut.

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The statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides a rare insight into events on the ground during the conflict – in which hundreds have reportedly died and tens of thousands have fled their homes.

What does the Red Cross say?

The ICRC said the Ethiopian Red Cross ambulances had taken “injured and deceased people” to the Ayder Referral Hospital.

On a visit to the hospital, ICRC staff found “80% of patients to be suffering from trauma injuries” adding that other services had to be suspended “so that limited staff and resources could be devoted to emergency medical care”.

“The hospital is running dangerously low on sutures, antibiotics, anticoagulants, painkillers, and even gloves,” ICRC head in Ethiopia Maria Soledad said.

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The hospital is also running low on body bags for the deceased, the Geneva-based organisation said.

The ICRC, however, did not give any figures for the numbers injured or dead. Neither did it say whether the victims were civilians or military personnel.

What does the government say?

In a statement on Twitter on Saturday, Mr Abiy said the army was in full control of Mekelle and that this “marks the completion of the [military’s] last phase”.

“I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the Tigray region,” he said.

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He added that the army had released thousands of soldiers taken by the TPLF and was in control of the airport and regional offices, saying that the operation had been carried out with “due care for citizens”.

The prime minister has consistently described the TPLF leadership as a “criminal clique” and said that the police will “bring them to the court of law”.

How has the TPLF responded?

In a text message to Reuters, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael did not directly comment on the situation on the ground, but said of the government forces: “Their brutality can only add [to] our resolve to fight these invaders to the last.”

He added: “This is about defending our right to self-determination.”

Mr Debretsion’s whereabouts are unknown.

A TPLF statement read out on regional Tigray TV said: “Fascistic bombings have caused civilian deaths and injuries. The Tigray government has vowed that it would take retaliatory actions against the barbaric bombings”.

Tigray TV and another station from the region were taken off air.

Analysts say the TPLF could now be preparing to return to the mountains to launch a guerrilla war against the federal government.

What are the humanitarian concerns?

The UN had warned of possible war crimes if the Ethiopian army attacked Mekelle.

It has also expressed concerns about the lack of access for humanitarian workers.

The Ethiopian authorities said on Thursday that “a humanitarian access route” overseen by the government would be opened, adding they were “committed to work with UN agencies… to protect civilians and those who need it”.

Also on Thursday, Ethiopian troops were deployed along Tigray’s border with Sudan, preventing people fleeing the violence from leaving the country, according to refugees.

media captionThe BBC’s Anne Soy reports from a refugee camp on the Sudan-Ethiopian border

In an update released on Saturday, the UN said that more than 40,000 Ethiopians had crossed over since the fighting began in early November.

Ethiopia’s state-appointed Human Rights Commission has accused a Tigrayan youth group of being behind a massacre this month in which it says more than 600 non-Tigrayan civilians in the town of Mai-Kadra were killed. The TPLF denied involvement.

In a meeting on Friday, Mr Abiy told African peace envoys that civilians would be protected.

Who are the TPLF?

The TPLF fighters, drawn mostly from a paramilitary unit and a well-drilled local militia, are thought to number about 250,000.

The organisation was founded in the 1970s and spearheaded the uprising against Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who was toppled in 1991.

It then went on to be the dominant political force in the country until Mr Abiy became prime minister in 2018.

Mr Debretsion has said the Tigray forces were “ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region”.

What is the fighting about?

The conflict is rooted in longstanding tension between Ethiopia’s government and the TPLF, sparked by Mr Abiy’s moves to sideline the party.

When Mr Abiy postponed a national election because of coronavirus in June, relations further deteriorated.

The TPLF said the government’s mandate to rule had expired, arguing that Mr Abiy had not been tested in a national election.

In September the party held its own election, which the government said was “illegal”.

In early November, TPLF fighters entered a military base in Mekelle which led to the start of the federal army’s operation in Tigray.

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Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh dies in hospital after being shot in targeted attack


An Iranian nuclear scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret atomic weapons programme was assassinated near Tehran.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died of injuries in hospital after armed assassins fired on his car, Iranian media reported.

“Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving [Fakhrizadeh], and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle,” Iran’s armed forces said in a statement.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the attack happened in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran.

It said witnesses heard the sound of an explosion and then machine gun fire. The attack targeted a car that Fakhrizadeh was in, the agency said.

Tasnim news agency said that “terrorists blew up another car” before firing on a vehicle carrying Fakhrizadeh and his bodyguards in an ambush outside the capital.

Those wounded, including Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards, were later taken to a local hospital.

A photo of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.(Twitter: Iran International English)

Fakhrizadeh has long been described by Western, Israeli and Iranian exile foes of Iran’s clerical rulers as a leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003.

Iranian officials respond

Adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and military leader Hossein Dehghan said that Iran would strike back against the killers.

“In the last days of the political life of their … ally (US President Donald Trump), the Zionists (Israel) seek to intensify pressure on Iran and create a full-blown war,” he tweeted.

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Israel alleged that Fakhrizadeh was the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the killing had “serious indications” of Israeli involvement.

Israel declined to immediately comment on the killing of Fakhrizadeh, who Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once called out in a news conference saying: “Remember that name”.

Reuters reported that in the United States, The Pentagon declined to comment on the killing when asked for a response.

No comment has been forthcoming from the White House either, although President Trump retweeted several posts about the killing.

Israel has long been suspected of carrying out a series of targeted killings of Iranian nuclear scientists nearly a decade ago.

Iran has long denied seeking to weaponise nuclear energy.

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Fakhrizadeh has the rare distinction of being the only Iranian scientist named in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme and whether it was aimed at developing a nuclear bomb.

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Five COVID-19 patients killed in Indian hospital fire


Ahmedabad, India, November 27 (Reuters) – Five patients were killed in India on Friday in a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel coronavirus hospital since the outbreak began, which drew angry questions from the Supreme Court.

The early morning blaze in Rajkot city in the western state of Gujrat gutted the intensive care unit (ICU) of the private hospital, television footage showed. The most likely cause was an electrical short circuit, said government official Udit Agarwal.

“Three of the patients in the ICU died on the spot, and two others succumbed on way to hospital. The two other patients in the ICU were unhurt,” Agarwal told Reuters.

India has recorded 9.3 million infections, the second-highest in the world after the United States, and more 135,00 deaths. On Friday, the health ministry said it reported 43,082 new cases and 492 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The latest fire angered India’s top court, which asked both the federal and state governments to submit a detailed reply on recurring fires in COVID-19 hospitals.

In August, eight COVID-19 patients were killed in a fire in the ICU ward of a hospital in Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hails from the state, said on Twitter that he was pained by the loss of lives on Friday.

Modi will visit three companies working on coronavirus vaccines, including one in Gujarat, on Saturday, his office said in a post on Twitter.





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Extremely pained by death of people in Rajkot hospital fire: PM Modi


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed his deep pain at the loss of lives due to a fire in a Rajkot hospital and said administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected.

Five coronavirus patients were killed after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot in the early hours of Friday, a fire brigade official said.

“Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a hospital fire in Rajkot. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured. The administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi.





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And we did give on Can Give Day for the Canberra Hospital Foundation | The Canberra Times


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Leo Sayer sang his heart out. So did Dr Nick Coatsworth. Big Mal brought a fridge. Cake and plant stalls sold out. And more than $260,000 was raised for the Canberra Hospital Foundation. The inaugural Can Give Day was a smashing success and a tribute to the generosity of Canberrans in what has been a seriously tough year. Thoughts of COVID-19, bushfires, hailstorms, shutdowns and lockdowns were put to one side, finally, as Canberrans and health workers came together to raise more than $260,000 and counting, with donations continuing to midnight Thursday. The money raised will be used to fund projects to help the 500,000 public patients who use Canberra’s hospitals and health services each year. Some teams raised money for specific purposes including Cathie O’Neill, executive director, Cancer and Ambulatory Support,for Canberra Health Services, who shaved and bleached her hair after raising more than $16,000 towards a Wellbeing Centre within the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. It was a positive end to a hard year. “I can’t speak highly enough of my team,” she said. “Not only do I manage cancer services, I also manage the walk-in centres and the COVID testing centres. My team have just gone above and beyond. Whatever we can do to help the foundation help patients and make staff feel better about the job they’re doing, is fantastic.” Can Give Day ambassador Leo Sayer, who now lives in the Southern Highland, upped the energy levels for the day as he gave a concert at the National Museum which was livestreamed to supporters. He praised the businesspeople who were in the room and promised to match the donations. Canberra Raiders legend Mal Meninga successfully bid $4000 for a special VW Kombi fridge donated by Peter Munday, dealer-principal of Lennock Volkswagen who also sponsored the livestreamed concert. “You see the best of Canberra here,” Sayer said. The ageless 72-year-old revved up the crowd to donate as he played hits including Thunder in My Heart and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. “This has been a fantastic initiative from nowhere,” he said. “This team has done an incredible job and it’s been a thrill working with them. And to do it in these COVID times and manage to put it on, that was another challenge. And I think they rose to it really well.” Canberra Hospital Foundation chair Deb Rolfe praised Sayer for giving his all to the day, along with all the Canberra community “Everyone has had a tough year but despite that, the donations came in, well and truly. It’s just wonderful,” she said. “The Canberra community is so generous. Despite all the hardships this year, they’ve really made a difference.” The initial fundraising goal was $200,000 in 24 hours. That was reached about lunchtime on Thursday. That meant former deputy chief medical officer Dr Nick Coatsworth, now Canberra Health Services’ executive director of medical services, had to don a Leo Sayer wig and sing You Make Me Feel Like Dancing at the main entrance to the Canberra Hospital. Which he happily did. “I’m stoked,” he said. “It’s a beautiful day. The event’s been so well run. Leo Sayer is amazing. It just makes me feel like wanting to be alive in the early ’70s. I think he’s got a lot of competition from me, probably more on the dancing, rather than singing front.” Other health staff did fundraising events from Bedpan Olympics to cake and plant stalls to bed-making competitions. Canberra Hospital Foundation’s CEO Helen Fall was thrilled. “It’s just beautiful,” she said. “I’m just delighted to see so many people on campus with great big smiles on their faces.”

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White Island survivor, 64, who suffered serious burns in volcano explosion dies in hospital 


24 Australians were among 47 tourists on New Zealand’s White Island when it erupted.   

THE DEAD: 

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane.

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead

Martin Hollander and his wife Barbara

Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney.

His two sons Berend, 16, and Matthew, 13, who attended Sydney’s Knox Grammar, both died in hospital after suffering serious injuries in the blast.  

According to his Linkedin profile, Mr Hollander works at Transport for NSW as a freight initiatives manager.

He is also a director at a Singaporean investment management firm, Wipunen Incrementum Capital.

Mr Hollander and Mrs Hollander’s bodies were later recovered from the island.

Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney, was formally identified on Monday. His wife Barbara (left) is yet to be formally identified

Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney, was formally identified on Monday. His wife Barbara (left) is yet to be formally identified 

Gavin Dallow, 53, and stepdaughter Zoe Hosking, 15, from Adelaide 

Lisa Dallow's 15-year-old daughter Zoe (pictured) has been confirmed dead

Gavin Dallow, from Adelaide, has been confirmed dead

The Hosking/Dallow family had been on a tour at the time of the eruption. Mum Lisa Dallow is among the injured in hospital. Her husband Gavin (right) 53, and 15-year-old daughter Zoe, from Adelaide, (left) were confirmed dead

Mr Dallow’s body was identified by police from the five bodies recovered from the island. Zoe was later formally identified as a victim. 

Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, from Coffs Harbour, NSW 

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

The couple were identified as those tourists still on the island and therefore presumed dead by their families.

Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, NSW  

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday 

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, died from his injuries after being taken to hospital in critical condition.  

He had been on a tour of the volcano with couple Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, who are now presumed dead, friends said.  

Matthew (Year 8) and Berend Hollander (Year 10) from Sydney

Matthew Hollander

Berend Hollander

Matthew (left, year eight) and Berend (right, year 10) Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning

Knox Grammar schoolboy brothers Matthew, 13, and Berend, 16, Hollander.

They died in two New Zealand hospitals after escaping the island with horrific burns. 

Their father Martin and mother Barbara were confirmed dead.

Krystal Browitt, 21, from Melbourne, and her father Paul

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

Ms Browitt was on the Ovation of the Seas cruise for her 21st birthday with family.

Mr Browitt died on 13 January in hospital.

Their mother Marie escaped death by staying on the cruise liner. 

Anthony Langford, 51, and his wife Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney 

Anthony Langford, 51, (pictured with wife Kristine) had been among those still unaccounted for in the disaster. He was confirmed dead by police on Sunday

Anthony Langford, 51, (pictured with wife Kristine) had been among those still unaccounted for in the disaster. He was confirmed dead by police on Sunday 

Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney, is also among those dead. 

The couple’s 19-year-old son Jesse survived the volcano eruption, and is recovering in hospital with burns to 90 per cent of his body.   

Mr Langford worked for Sydney Water. 

Winona Langford, 17, Sydney   

Police said Winona Lanford (pictured centre back row between her parents Anthony and Kristine) was one of the missing bodies still on White Island. She is not thought to have survived

Police said Winona Lanford (pictured centre back row between her parents Anthony and Kristine) was one of the missing bodies still on White Island. She is not thought to have survived 

NZ Police said one of the bodies still missing on White Island belonged to 17-year-old Winona Langford from Sydney. 

Winona’s mother and father have been confirmed dead.

Her body is either entombed on the deadly volcano island or is in the sea.  

THE INJURED: 

Lisa Dallow, 49, from Adelaide

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

She was an induced coma in Hamilton Hospital, with 57 per cent of her body burnt.

Jesse Langford, 19, Sydney

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

He is reported to have suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body.

 



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South Australia’s coronavirus cluster detected by junior doctor who heard a cough in hospital emergency department


South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has praised an “astute young doctor” in a hospital emergency department for preventing a full-blown coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The junior doctor, who Professor Spurrier did not name, picked up that a woman in her 80s had a slight cough when she turned up at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, last Friday night.

The woman had coronavirus and now so do 25 of her family members and their close contacts.

They are now known as the Parafield cluster, but so far there have been no new coronavirus cases in South Australia not directly linked with the elderly woman and one of her children, who worked at the Peppers Waymouth medi-hotel.

Nicola Spurrier has become a popular figure with SA Health creating cartoons of her to promote hygiene measures.(ABC News)

When asked about whether the doctor was a hero at a press conference this morning, Dr Spurrier said she was actually a “heroine”.

“She has done a fantastic job,” she said.

“She is one of our junior doctors, but I’d say like all our staff at SA Health they do a great job. She was on the ball. She knew what she had to do.

“She heard this person cough a couple of times and thought ‘they’re not getting away without having a swab’ and went ahead and swabbed the person.

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People wait to get tested for coronavirus at the Lyell McEwin Hospital on Tuesday after the cluster was revealed.(ABC News: Claire Campbell)

The woman presented at the hospital “not feeling herself” and “weak”, an SA Health spokeswoman said, but otherwise did not present any obvious COVID–19 symptoms, which can include a cough, a runny nose and a fever.

The spokeswoman said only people with symptoms in South Australian hospitals were tested; however, all patients are asked screening questions, such as if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas recently.

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Dr Spurrier said the elderly woman’s case “came out of the blue, suddenly in the middle of the night”.

“The real reason we picked that up was not because somebody had classic COVID symptoms and came to the emergency department, it was because of our astute young doctor — junior doctor — who heard a bit of a cough and thought they would take the swab and that is where we started,” she said.

“The second part of this is that the contact tracing very quickly on Sunday was able to identify that it was linked to a medi-hotel and subsequent to that we did this huge blitz of testing in the medi-hotel, and that is how we picked up the additional cases at that medi-hotel.”

The woman was later admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a precaution.

She and her husband have now been released from hospital to a medi-hotel.

The doctor is also staying in a medi-hotel after being identified as a close contact.



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Royal Hobart Hospital sued by patient left with colostomy bag after appendectomy


A 31-year-old Tasmanian man is suing the Royal Hobart Hospital, claiming a delay in performing emergency surgery and failure to closely monitor him afterwards has left him with various internal injuries and the need for a colostomy bag.

Documents filed in the Supreme Court of Tasmania show when the man visited his GP in May 2016 he had a high temperature and had been struggling with abdominal pain for four days.

His GP diagnosed him with acute appendicitis and referred him to the RHH’s emergency department (ED) for an “urgent surgical review”, informing the RHH of his symptoms in writing.

The man presented at the ED about 6:25pm that evening and was reviewed by a registrar who noted he was “flushed and lethargic looking”.

The registrar said it was his impression that the man was suffering from appendicitis.

The plaintiff’s lawyer claims the hospital should have recognised he was likely suffering from an obstructive type of appendicitis, and was at risk of rapid deterioration and further complications.

He argued the man should have immediately undergone emergency surgery.

The man was examined two more times during the night and was found to be febrile with ongoing abdominal pain.

It was not until about 9:30am, close to 15 hours after he had first presented to ED, that the man underwent laparoscopic appendectomy surgery.

During that surgery court documents allege doctors found the man had a gangrenous and perforated appendix, which was removed in a “piecemeal manner”.

The man’s lawyer claimed the hospital should have known he had suffered a ruptured appendix, generalised peritonitis and was at risk of developing or suffering ongoing appendicitis, infection, sepsis and adhesions (bands of scar-like tissue that cause tissues and organs to stick together).

Man discharged despite ongoing symptoms

Over the next few days during his stay at the hospital, staff reviewing the then 27-year-old noted he was still suffering from high temperatures and complaining of abdominal pain, nausea and feeling faint.

In the document, the man’s lawyer wrote that the hospital should have known the patient’s signs and symptoms indicated his condition was deteriorating and he may have been developing underlying conditions, chronic illness and more.

He argued that the hospital should have performed further investigations beyond blood and biochemistry tests to determine whether or not he was deteriorating.

He says he should have been kept in hospital during those investigations, but was instead discharged about five days after surgery.

The man’s GP sent him to the emergency department.(ABC News)

Following his discharge, the man’s symptoms persisted and a month later he returned to his GP complaining of abdominal pain, night sweats and a persistent cough.

After a number of tests, his doctor referred him back to the RHH where he underwent a second surgery.

The man is claiming his injuries during the entire ordeal — including a ruptured appendix, a pelvic abscess, extensive adhesions, tears to the bladder and bowel, and need for a colostomy bag — are a result of the hospital’s negligence.

Hospital denies negligence

The RHH, however, is denying it was negligent in its duty of care.

In documents filed with the court the state’s Solicitor-General Michael O’Farrell wrote: “If it were negligent, which it specifically denies, then the plaintiff’s loss and damage was caused or contributed to by his own negligence.”

He claimed the man failed to seek medical attention within a reasonable period of time that would ensure an optimal outcome.

The case has yet to be resolved.



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