this young lady was seen by a GP a month ago for some psychiatric disorder, possibly schizophrenia. however, she developed a febrile illness after that & was admitted to general hospital for a week without getting better, probably because the diagnosis couldn't be established. her mother took her out of hospital to seek treatment from a sinseh (traditional chinese medicine man) but she became unconscious at home that evening.
she was rushed to this private hospital & resuscitated. my physician colleague did some blood tests & accurately made a diagnosis, which could explain why she had prolonged fever & why she fell unconscious at home. she was put on life-support machine in the ICU but failed to regain consciousness after a week. a CT scan of the brain revealed early brain damage.
a young lady will be bedridden for the rest of her life but a lot of questions remained unanswered.
what if......the GP had explained the side-effects of the anti-psychotic medication?
what if......the doctors at GH had made the right diagnosis & instituted the appropriate treatment early?
what if......she had remained at GH & had been immediately resuscitated when she fell unconscious? would that have prevented the brain damage?
given the current public uproar over our healthcare system, this post in NOT about whether govt hospitals or private hospitals are giving superior service. the former have received criticisms over substandard care, poorly trained doctors, long queues, etc. while the latter, escalating & hidden charges, unnecessary tests & procedures, etc. (there's a private hospital in perak affectionately known among local circles as The Great White Shark for obvious reasons)
some time back, the Min of Health suggested co-operation between the public & private hospitals for the benefit of the people, but like all else, it's No Action, Talk Only. perhaps too much politicking during the recent party elections.
in the meantime, we await our uncertain fate.