The South African Medical Association (Sama) says the two doctors charged in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy also have rights and are innocent to the contrary.
Prof. Peter Beale, a pediatric surgeon, and dr. Abdulhay Munshi, an anesthetist, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of culpable homicide.
Two doctors were released on bail of R10 000 each. Their bail conditions include not being allowed to leave Gauteng or contact witnesses. Munshi did get permission to travel to Dubai, but had to submit his passport when he returned. The case was postponed until March.
Zayyaan Sayed underwent a laparoscopy at the Netcare Park Lane clinic on October 11 after struggling for a long time with reflux. Beale performed the operation while Munshi was the anesthetist. Zayyaan died later that night.
Dr. Angela Coetzee, chair of Sama, believes that a proper investigation should be done to take into account all the factors that played a role in the outcomes in cases where the doctors are accused of negligence.
“It is also necessary that these factors receive attention to ensure that it is not repeated in the future,” Coetzee said.
Sama expressed his sympathy to the families involved and expressed the hope that the matter would be settled quickly so that everyone involved could be reassured.
Coetzee further believes that the matter should not be litigated in the media or become a political toy.
“The families should be respected while conducting proper investigations by the relevant authorities such as the South African Health Professions Council (RGB).
“The inclusion of medical experts in the investigations is critical as these professionals understand the nuances of what may have gone wrong. Any investigations must also be fair and transparent. “
According to Coetzee, the profession is inherently risky. “Serious consequences are unfortunately not uncommon – even if there were no errors. Until the investigation is completed, there are still not enough facts to draw any medical conclusions, ”Coetzee said.
Zayyaan’s mother told Maroela Media earlier that they had waited a long time and weighed in on the operation, but eventually agreed.
“It was the last time I saw him (Zayyaan) alive. An hour and a half went by. Then two hours. I walked up and down. After two and a half hours, I began to wonder what was going on…, ”Zaheera Sayed said. The operation finally took about four hours. Zayyaan died later that night.
Netcare suspended the two doctors’ privileges shortly after Zayyaan’s death, but the RGB has not yet given any indication of the steps, if any, he is taking or plans to take.