Another questionable surgery performed by Dr. Hasanjaya comes to light
A graduate sports teacher has had to undergo in-house rehabilitation treatment for seven months following another surgery performed by Dr. Hasanjaya Gunawardena of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital (CNTH), Ragama.
Dr. Gunawardena is accused of the death of a young woman after performing a gallstone removal surgery at Hemas Hospital, Wattala.
Her parents have complained to the Health Ministry in this regard.
The 27-year-old Kalani Inosha Perera who was suffering from abdominal pains consulted Dr. Gunawardena at a private hospital in Ragama on October 26 last year.
The doctor has told the patient to come to the CNTH on November 02 last year to subject her to another medical examination.
Prior to the scheduled examination, her abdominal pain has intensified on October 27 and has been admitted to the emergency treatment unit of the CNTH.
The tests have indicated that she had stones in her gallbladder and bile duct, and the girl was admitted to the 31st ward under the care of Dr.Gunawardena for treatment.
The girl's gallbladder stones were removed on November 05 last year as per the advice of Dr.Gunawardena.
Following this operation which spanned for about three hours, she had become unconscious and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the CNTH.
She was being treated in the ICU for three months and after regaining consciousness, she was admitted to the neurological unit for treatment on January 25 this year.
After receiving treatment there for about one and a half months, she was admitted to the Rehabilitation Unit for treatment on March 8.
Her parents allege that their daughter suffered such post-surgery complications due to the negligence of the specialist doctor who performed the surgery.
They also request the government to send their daughter abroad for further treatment. The parents have sent letters to the Health Minister in January and on August 15 requesting to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this incident.
However, Kalani Inosha's parents say that their efforts have not yielded results.
The ministry has also received complaints in the past about the specialist doctor.
Based on a complaint made by the relatives of Buddhika Harshani, who recently passed away following a gallstone removal surgery performed by Dr. Gunawardena, the Private Health Services Regulatory Council (PHSRC) is conducting an investigation regarding the concerned specialist doctor. PHSRC Deputy Director General Dr. G. Wijesuriya said Dr. Gunawardena has also been banned from performing further surgeries.
Lakith's Gota style conduct
Meanwhile, Hemas Hospital is accused of attempting to mislead the complaints made to the Police and the Health Ministry against the hospital and specialist surgeon Hasanjaya Gunawardena regarding the death of Buddhika Harshani.
The hospital is allegedly promoting the result of an investigation conducted by the hospital itself using its own staff.
It was reported that this plan has been implemented by Dr. Lakith Peiris, the managing director of the hospital group, who is a close friend of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Rajapaksa family.
Former President Rajapaksa is also known for giving wide publicity to the investigations conducted by his own team.
Accordingly, Dr. Peiris has advised the PR management agency that is handling advertising affairs of the hospital to prepare a press release regarding the investigative report conducted at the hospital and had released it to a few selected media organizations.
The PR agency has tactically attempted to transfer the responsibility of the death of the girl to Dr.Gunawardena and the CNTH.
Hemas says Hasanjaya is the best
However, it has been reported to 'Sri Lanka Mirror' that the Health Inspection Division has now received evidence which indicates that Hemas Hospital, Wattala had given wide publicity to Dr. Gunawardena as one of the best doctors available for surgery in the recent past.
An incident of giving such publicity on social media is shown below: