Hospital won’t release Duminda’s medical reports

Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital has turned down a request by family members for the medical records of Duminda Silva MP, now warded in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The hospital has also turned down another request that the MP be allowed to be treated by foreign doctors. Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital Director Dr. S.K. Gamage said the family was told that the foreign consultants need to contact the local consultants involved in treating Mr. Silva.

“We have no issue on foreign consultants from the United States or Singapore visiting him but they cannot treat or assist in treating unless they submit their qualifications to the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and obtain approval,” the director said. “Our neuro-surgeons who had treated wounded soldiers are better experienced than foreign experts.”

He said the hospital was unable to issue the medical reports as there were more scans and tests to be done and would not approve any move to transfer him to a foreign hospital.

“We cannot take the responsibility if anything goes wrong while the MP is being transferred. He is not in a position to be moved. We will not recommend a patient who has undergone brain surgery to be moved out. It is a big risk,” the doctor said.

Mr. Silva was being treated for two entrance wounds and one exit wound in the head. The bullet embedded in the back of his head did not pose immediate harm, but removing it might result in internal bleeding or paralysis, Dr. Gamage said.

He said Mr. Silva was conscious and responded when called by his name but he was unable to speak. He was also taking small amount of liquid orally. He said neuro-surgeon Dr. Maheshi Wijeratne and her team were closely monitoring the condition of Mr. Silva.

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