#SUNDAYTIMES: A top paediatric surgeon has been blamed for the death of 10-year-old patient, after the child died after a seemingly routine procedure.
Beale has claimed that the death of Zayyaan was ‘tragic, but it’s not my fault’Dr Beale, Sunday Times
The late 10yo Zayyaan’s parents claim the actions of Wits University professor emeritus of paediatric surgery Peter Beale, 73, and his anaesthetist, Dr Abdulhay Munshi, 56, led to the agonising and traumatic death of little Zayyaan, last Friday.
Zayyaan had gone in for a case of reflux where a laparoscopic procedure was done. The operation was to last only an hour and half but it took nearly four hours. The doctor has claimed that the child was overweight and also found South Africa’s hospital staff standards as ‘questionable’.
At 6.50pm Beale was leaving for the evening stated the procedure was 100% successful. Moments after Dr. Munshi emerged advising Beale that X-rays were required as he (Munshi) suspected the patient had a collapsed lung.
Soon as Beale left, Dr. Munshi took Zayyaan’s father, Mohammadh Sayed into the recovery area to assist him with the resuscitation of the child. Sayed looked on as his son had a pipe in his throat, moaning in pain; kicking his legs with is eyes half-open. The father attempted to calm his child down as Munshi worked on inserting a tube into Zayyaan’s chest. There were no nurses present in the recovery area.
Munshi battled to stabilize the child however with assistance from a fellow doctor who assisted in successfully stabilizing the child. It was now 8:30pm when Dr. Beale returned. Sayed was informed that his child’s heart had stopped but they managed to revive Zayyaan.
It was just before 10pm that I said goodbye to my son.Mohammadh Sayed, Zayyaan’s father
The Sayed family are not alone in their despair as there are multiple families that have made such claims since 2012. Both Beale and Munshi were suspended by Netcare following the incident at Park Lane Clinic.
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