Bryant’s Trial featured in The Malay Mail

Hospital, specialist sued for negligence
excerpt from the Malay Mail, Thursday January 3, 2008 (Pg 10)
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BRYANT Chan Bao Hern could have been as active as any boy his age, but cerebral palsy hinders him from leading a normal life.
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His parents are blaming the Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Jalan Ampang and obstetrician Dr Tan Lay Seng for negligence which caused him to suffer.
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Valerie Gan Ai Lynn, 34, testified in the Jalan Duta High Court yesterday that while she was in labour, Dr Tan had left her for about 30 minutes to attend to another patient.
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“I was fully dilated and ready to give birth on May 12, 2003, at 6.30am and was admitted to the labour room. However, Dr Tan arrived 45 minutes later and spent five minutes running tests on me before making his exit,” said Valerie, responding to a question.
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Valerie said she was asked to push several times until the nurse told her to stop about 7.40am as the baby’s head could finally be seen.
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“The nurse then left the room and went looking for Dr Tan. She came back and said Dr Tan was attending to another patient.
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She said her mother even asked the nurse if she (nurse) could per form the delivery but the nurse said they would have to wait for the doctor.“My mother, who was with me in the room, kept asking the nurse when the doctor would attend to me but the only answer she got was ‘soon’,” said Valerie.
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She said Dr Tan only arrived at 8.15am, half an hour after the baby’s head was seen.
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Valerie said she was confused as she did not hear cries after Bryant was born.
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“Immediately after the delivery, Dr Tan placed Bryant on my stomach. My baby looked blue and was not moving at all.”
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She said Dr Tan tried to resuscitate Bryant before sending him to the intensive care unit.
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Due to the illness, Bryant is now blind and deaf and can hardly lift his body. He also cannot swallow solid food.
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Valerie is seeking aggravated damages for medical negligence during her delivery.
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Her counsel, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, said after the proceedings that there is no specific amount for the claims but did not deny it involved millions of ringgit as the livelihood of the boy is at stake.
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Earlier, Malik told the court that Bryant had suffered serious foetal distress during his delivery and as a consequence of asphyxiation, he was born blue and lifeless.
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Towards the end of the proceedings, Valerie, who is a stock broker, testified she was treated for depression and trauma as a result of her delivery.
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“I was scared to have more children after that. But six months ago, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl through a Caesarian operation. I opted for that procedure as I was afraid of another natural birth.”
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Trial continues today.
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7 thoughts on “Bryant’s Trial featured in The Malay Mail

  1. Medical negligence cases are tough trials regardless of legal system. We are well aware of this and have been advised by our lawyer – Malik Imtiaz Sarwar – well in advance with decisions placed squarely in our hands.There are really no real winners in the end of the day. Everyone loses in tiring times with emotions running high. Our motivating force and intend have always been and remains to be one of creating awareness and to be able to provide support in terms of advise to all those who may need it in our similar situation.I'm sorry about your loss.

  2. This matter was escalated and all doctors in Malaysia are protected by the medical board hence the result will be unfavorable to the victim. In other words, theres no way you can win the case.

  3. Dr. Tan is an ass. He treats his family just as badly. For everyone who recommends him – PLEASE, take your time to get a second opinion and find another gynea – YOUR BABY IS WORTH YOUR TIME. Dr. Tan Lay Seng is really the worst money minded gynea you are going to find.

  4. HIfeel sad about the story. did you escalate this case to Gleneagles hospital customer care unit and related authority?Dr Tan should explain on his neglegence.

  5. Hi,Feel sorry and sad after knowing your nephew story. DId you escalate this issue to customer care unit at Gleneagles hospital and related authority?Dr Tan should explain towards his negligences towards this case.

  6. Hi,really feel sad and sorry after looking the story of your nephew.Did you escalate this issue to the customer care unit at Gleneagles hospital and related authority??

  7. Dr Tan Lay Seng has killed my nephew!! Back in year 2005, due to his negligence, my nephew was suppose to be with us now could not make it to see us anymore.My sis in law was admitted to the hospital late evening and Tan lay seng was notified by his nurse. Baby heartbeat was dropping and no sign of tan lay seng untill 11.50pm. When he came to see my sis in law, he was taking his own sweet time monitoring baby heartbeat. All he did was to say sorry and switch off the scanner when he could not find my nephews heartbeat. My nephew was 39 weeks old and ready to be delievered anytime. Tan lay seng admitted that if he came earlier, the baby would be perfectly ok. Our family was very upset of such unprofessional behavior.

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