Family of woman who died from childbirth eyes charges vs hospitals that refused them

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Posted at Apr 26 2020 10:45 PM

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MANILA - The husband of the woman who died due to childbirth complications said he is considering charges against the 6 hospitals that refused to admit his wife.

Speaking to DZMM Sunday, Jan Christian Bulatao, the husband of Kathy Bulatao, said he is willing to file charges against the hospitals if given the chance.

"Hangga't may pagkakataon po, gagamitin ko na po 'yung oportunidad po para mag-file ng kaso para hindi na maulit sa iba," Jan Christian said.

He also recalled how they had to go to 6 hospitals, each refusing to admit them due to different reasons.

According to Jan Christian, they first went to a lying-in clinic in North Caloocan, but was told to go to a bigger hospital because they lack the equipment for his wife's condition.

They then went to a hospital in Fairview, but they were not admitted because there was no available operating room.

They went to a third hospital, which is a private hospital in Dahlia Avenue in Quezon City.

A hospital staff asked to see the husband of the patient, and according to Jan Christian, he was informed right away of the fees they have to pay should his wife be admitted there.

"Pagharap ko po doon sa doktor o nurse na naghahanap doon sa asawa, sinabi po sa akin na Sir, inform ko lang po kayo na pribadong ospital po ito, maaaring malaki po 'yung maging bill niyo po, sabing ganoon," he said.

He was told that they may have to pay around P60,000 pesos, and he was also asked to pay P30,000 as downpayment.

"Maooperahan po 'yung misis niyo, kung makakarecover agad, puwede na siyang makauwi bukas. Pero kaya niyo bang magdown," Jan Christian said.

According to Jan Christian, he tried to tell the staff that he will return with the downpayment, but the hospital still refused to admit his wife.

"Nag-ano na lang po kaming maghanap ng ibang ospital kasi parang wala na pong patutunguhan 'yung usapan namin," he said.

The fourth hospital they went to did not have the facilities needed for Kathy's operation, while the fifth hospital did not have an available obstetrician.

According to Jan Christian, the sixth hospital was willing to admit Kathy, but they also had no available obstetrician.

"Willing daw po sila nai-admit kami, pero same issue na walang OB. Pero magtatawag tawag daw po sila pero walang kasiguruhan na may OB," he said.

Since they were running out of time, they went to the nearest public hospital. Upon arriving at the emergency room, Jan Christian said the doctors immediately attended to Kathy, without asking any questions.

"Noong nakarating po kami doon, napansin ko po na parang si misis, hindi na po gumagalaw tapos putlang putla na po 'yung labi niya," Jan Christian said.

However, they were too late as Kathy was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Jan Christian now has to take care of their three children, aged 6, 5 and the newborn baby.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan promised to give financial aid to Jan Christian and his family. He also said the city government will be providing him a lawyer once he files charges against the hospitals who refused to treat his wife.

"Magpapadala ako ng tulong sa iyo at sa iyong asawa. Saka narinig ko kanina na papasok ang NBI. Kung papasok ang NBI, hayaan na muna natin sila pero kung hindi papasok ang NBI, handa ang pamahalaang lungsod na bigyan ka ng abogado," Malapitan told DZMM.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also said he will be asking Department of Health officials to investigate the incident.

"Paiimbestigahan ko na ito...Dahil hindi talaga puwede 'yan. Naku criminal liability 'yan dahil hindi ka puwedeng magtalikuran ang pasyente, lalo na kung emergency," he said.