Pensioner seeks advice on pap smear horror
BOUTS of excruciating pain have become a way of life for 63-year-old Phoenix pensioner Deeta Ramraj after medics at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital allegedly used the “wrong tool” when conducting a pap smear.
Ramraj claimed that her cervix was damaged after a “huge” apparatus was inserted into her, instead of the “small mascara-like brush” instrument that is normally used to draw tissue samples from cervical walls.
Her family doctor examined Ramraj after her pap smear in 2015 and confirmed that she had “torn tissue”.
Ramraj said this week that she was unable to endure any further suffering, and she would be seeking legal advice and planned to lodge a damages claim.
“All I wanted was the doctors to rectify their mistake. I’ve complained repeatedly to the hospital’s management.
“I even had meetings with senior members of the hospital’s management since earlier in the year, which Minority Front ward councillor Jonathan Annipen helped to facilitate.
“But I’ve received no assistance,” claimed Ramraj. She previously experienced a burning sensation when she urinated and felt it necessary to have a pap smear. But what she expected to be a routine procedure, turned out to be a “living nightmare” for her.
Ramraj said she writhed in agony and told the doctor that he was hurting her while the procedure was being done.
She did not receive the results from the initial test because they told her that they were unable to retrieve enough tissue samples and was forced to endure a second pap smear.
“It has been three years, and I’m still in pain. Going to the toilet petrifies me.”
KZN Department of Health spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda confirmed that they were informed by the hospital’s management about Ramraj’s allegations.
He said his department noted with concern an attempt by the newspaper to simplify and discuss in the public space confidential clinical patient information, which is protected by law.
“It is always concerning when such attempts are made, because usually they are made without the benefit of accurate and relevant clinical information. This makes for a particularly difficult situation as government may not provide such information to a third party, in this case the media, in compliance with the law.”