24.12.2015, Prilep

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While the public has been debating the last period demanding responsibility for recent deaths among patients and their families who have suffered particular damage as a result of medical negligence, no one dared to mention the Roma patients.

We wonder whether their lives are not important? Is this ignoring of the cases in which victims or damaged parties are Roma is just another form of social discrimination?

Trying to find answers of the above issues, at today’s discussion in Prilep in a form of “Roma civil parliament” we deduced the following conclusions:

  1. Justice should be attainable for everyone equally and our elected representatives – office holders and Members of the Parliament should not forgot or consider less important Agus, Aneta, Ajten, Sabina, Sazije and
  2. Although litigations about the cases are in process or investigations by the competent institutions with the support of the association ROMA S.O.S. Prilep, their prolonging and lack of interest/support about the tragedies by the public instills a sense of neglect and isolation, which ultimately results in a sense of injustice especially in the moments when different way of acting is noticed in cases with same or similar circumstances in which patients from other nationalities are involved.
  3. Opting for an effective and efficient institutional protection of all violations of civil rights regardless of affiliation to a particular group, we ask you to urge and contribute to efforts to ensure justice and protection to these families and the cases not to be forgotten because human life is irreplaceable and it is unavoidable to bear responsibility, not only in court but also from a moral and humane point of view.
  4. If the MPs do not want to discuss and advocate for cases of medical malpractice in Roma patients, the Roma themselves in the form of “Roma Civic Parliament” (informal group) will react and defend their rights in the future.

May the New 2016 bring us greater hope that we Roma are equal citizens in this society and that our lives are concern of the country through its public representatives and representatives in its institutions.

Letter of concern with the above written will be delivered to: MPs, the Minister of Health, Minister of Justice, Minister without Portfolio, Ombudsman and Public Prosecutors.

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1. CASE OF AGUS SALIOSKI (PRILEP)

from a broken arm to
 permanent physical disability

agus1) Facts about the case

In September 2008, then 8-year-old Agus, broke his left arm while playing near the family house. In the department of orthopedics in the Prilep hospital a plaster was applied to his arm and he was hospitalized. He had been complaining continuously of pain in his arm, but because of the indifference of the doctors after three days he gained gangrene. He was transferred in Skopje and in order to save his life, an amputation of his arm had been done.

2) What had happened

A) Criminal procedure – Basic Public Prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six orthopedics doctors from the hospital due to failures and mistakes made in the treatment.

B) Two civil procedures for compensation – in the Basic Court Prilep procedures had been led on behalf of Agus and his parents demanding compensation because of sustained disability of Agus and mental pain of his

3) Achieved results/changes

A) In the criminal procedure in December 2013 a judgment has been brought by which 1 doctor (the one that admitted Agus) was sentenced to a suspended sentence, imprisonment of 3 months because of mistakes in the

B) In the civil procedures 3 judgments for compensation have been brought because of physical disability of Agus and suffered mental pain of his

For the first time in our judicial system a judgment that allows compensation in a form of financial support has been brought since Agus needed help and care from his parents.

Judgments in favour of the victims have been charged  at the expense of the hospital.

“WHEN I WAS 8 I LOST MY ARM DUE TO WRONGLY APPLIED PLASTER. I HAVE SPENT MY CHILDHOOD GOING FROM DOOR TO DOOR IN THE COURT; NOW I AM I 15 AND FINALLY IT WAS PROVEN THAT THE DOCTOR WAS WRONG AND DUE TO THAT MISTAKE I REMAINED DISABLED FOR A LIFETIME. I HAVE GOT COMPENSATION FROM THE HOSPITAL BUT THAT WILL NOT BRING MY ARM BACK”… stated Agus Salioski at the debate.

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2. CASE OF SAZIE FAZLIEVIK (DELCEVO)

decreased physical functionality
  due to inappropriate treatment

sazlie1) Facts about the case

In May 2011 she fell down the stairs and fractured her right shoulder. A plaster was applied in the General Hospital in Kocani from the elbow to the wrist which was not the appropriate spot of the injury. Due to this, the situation deteriorated and she asked help from another doctor who applied a new plaster (from the neck to the wrist). Today Sazie needs an arttificial joint to be placed due to reduced function of her arm and wrongly applied plaster.

2) What had happened

An appeal for compensation for suffered mental pain and disability was filed against the General Hospital Kocani.

3) Achieved results

In September 2013 a judgment that proves the existence of a medical failure and omissions in the treatment of Sazie which caused 20% damage to her arm was brought, and was compensated by the hospital.

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3. CASE OF AJTEN JASAR (BITOLA)

…death of the newborn due to unknown causes
ajten

1) Facts about the case

20 year old Ajten in February 2012 gave birth to a baby boy in the hospital in Bitola. Allegedly, after 2 days discoloration of the baby’s body was noticed and he was taken from the mother and put in an incubator. His parents were not allowed to see him and they were not given any information about his health condition. The next morning they were informed that the baby has passed away and the causes were unknown.
The body has never been returned to the parents.

2) What had happened

An appeal was filed against the Clinical Hospital Bitola for compensation for mental pain suffered due to treating the dead body of the child as a medical waste without parental permission.

3) Achieved results

4 hearing were held and the final hearing was scheduled for 28th January 2016.

“AFTER THE DEATH OF MY CHILD, THE HOSPITAL DID NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION NEITHER ABOUT HIS DEATH NOR WE WERE RETURNED THE BODY. AFTER 3 MONTHS WHEN OUR LAYER APPEARED IN THE HOSPITAL, AN AUTOPSY WAS PERFORMED. THE BODY WAS NOT GIVEN BACK ALTHOUGH WE ASKED FOR IT. ARE WE NOT ALLOWED TO KNOW THE CAUSES FOR THE DEATH OF OUR CHILD WITHOUT A LAWYER? WHY WE CAN NOT TAKE OUR CHILD’S BODY AND BURY HIM BY OUR TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS?”….stated Ajten Jasar.

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4. CASE OF SABINA VESELOVA (BITOLA)

death of the woman in labor during childbirth
of unknown causes

sabina1) Facts about the case

In March 2012 Sabina passed away of unknown causes during childbirth by Cesarean section in the hospital in Bitola while the newborn survived. Complications of any kind were not determined previously, and she had regularly performed controls at her gynecologist. Her husband and relatives were not given any information about what had happened during the childbirth, and the autopsy showed that the cause of death was lack of oxygen.

2) What had happened

А) Criminal Procedure – Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office has filed a criminal complaint against the doctor anesthesiologist due to failures in the treatment.

3) Achieved results/changes

The Criminal proceeding is still in process after five hearings held, and the procedure was continuously prolonged because of technical obstacles in the functioning of the Basic Court in Bitola.

Final trial is scheduled for 18th January 2016.

“MY WIFE WAS HEALTHY WITH NORMAL PREGNANCY, AND SHE HAS PASSED AWAY DURING CHILDBIRTH OF UNKNOWN CAUSES. EVEN TODAY I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO TELL OUR THREE CHILDREN, WHY DID THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY”… stated Senin Pelifanovik, husband of the late Sabina.

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5. FARIJE ADEMOSKA (PRILEP)

…death of a newborn baby due to complications during childbirth

farije1) Facts about the case

In November 2013 she gave birth to her second child in the department of gynecology and obstetrics in the hospital in Prilep. Some complications have occurred during the childbirth and the baby was urgently sent to Skopje while Farije had to be operated because of bleeding. The baby passed away after 8 days and 30 year old Farije will never become a mother again because her reproductive organs have been removed.

2) What had happened

A request for preparation of medical expertise to an expert in the field of gynecology was submitted, in order to determine whether there are failures in the process of treating and treatment of Farije and why the damage occurred – death of the newborn and the impossibility of a future pregnancy of Farije.

3) Achieved changes

The expert report and therefore the base for potential claim of responsibility is expected in January 2016.

“DURING THE CHILDBIRTH WITH VACUUM, THE BABY’S HEAD WAS DAMAGED WHICH WAS THE CAUSE OF DEATH AFTER 8 DAYS, AND ALSO MY UTERUS WAS DAMAGED AND URGENTLY REMOVED BY CESAREAN SECTION.

EVEN NOW I DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THE BABY, AND I, AT THE AGE OF 30 DO NOT HAVE THE POSSIBILITY TO BECOME MOTHER EVER AGAIN”…stated Farije Ademoska.

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6. CASE OF ANETA NEDZIPOSKA (PRILEP)

…death of unknown causes…

aneta1) Facts about the case

In October 2015, 3 year old Aneta with symptoms of vomiting and fever was admitted to the department of infectious diseases in the hospital in Prilep, and after the examination she was given an infusion and discharged with prescribed therapy for her further treatment at home. The morning of 8th October, the girl was found by her parents with no signs of life, and her death was confirmed by the doctors in the hospital. Exact causes for Aneta’s dead still remain unknown since there is still no report from the performed autopsy from the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bitola.

2) What had happened

The case was ex officio taken over by the Basic Public Prosecutor in Prilep, conducting the investigation into the causes of death and possible failures in the treatment after which they will determine if there are grounds for initiating a criminal proceeding.

“MY CHILD PASSED AWAY A WEEK BEFORE THE WOMAN GIVING BIRTH FROM GEVGELIJA, AND THE PAST THREE MONTHS I HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY HEARING THE PUBLIC TALKING ABOUT THAT WHILE MY TRAGEDY WAS NOT MENTIONED BY ANYBODY. IT HAS BEEN THREE MONTH AND I STILL HAVE NO INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAUSES OF DEATH OF MY DAUGHTER. WASN’T ANETA’S LIFE IMPORTANT?

I FEEL SORRY FOR THE MOTHER FROM GEVGELIJA; HOWEVER, I WANT SOMEBODY ELSE TO FEEL SORRY FOR MY CHILD AS WELL” …. stated Zulihana Kazimoska, mother of the late Aneta.

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