A 21-year-old man says he is planning to take legal action against the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) after they lost a severed finger that he told them he wanted reattached to his body.
Najee Burkley, a butcher, of Layou, told iWitness News on Wednesday that his right index finger was severed at his work place, Massy Stores, in Kingstown on March 12.
He said that the incident occurred after 2 p.m.
“I went down by the hospital to A&E and when I went inside with the finger, a nurse came and band up my hand and tek the finger — because I tell she I want it go back on.
“She tek the finger and put in a white see-through cup with a blue cover with some liquid and tell me I will see the doctor in a few minutes.”
Burkley said that after waiting for some time, he asked the nurse where the doctor was as his hand was still bleeding and the blood had soaked through the bandage.
He said that the nurse told her that the doctor was writing up other cards.
He said that he continued asking for the attention of the doctor and they told him that he was writing up cards.
“Around minutes to 8, a nurse came and dress me hand and tell me ah go have to come see a doctor in the morning at Male Surgical.”
Burkley said that when he returned in the morning and went to see the doctor as instructed, the doctor removed the bandage and inspected the injury.
He said the doctor told him that he would have to undergo surgery.
“He tell me hospital don’t have anything to do the surgery. He gi’ me a card and tell me come out Arnos Vale upstairs Ace for 2 o’clock.”
Burkley said he returned to work and told the health and safety officer that he had to undergo surgery at 2 p.m.
He said he called the place in Arnos Vale and asked them if to bring the severed finger and they told him yes.
He said he returned to the hospital along with Massy Stores’ health and safety officer to collect the severed finger.
“They say they misplaced the finger — they can’t find the finger. So I ask, ‘Wha’ you mean yuh cyar find the finger and they put it up?’ They say they don’t know where it is.”
Burkley said that his aunt went to the hospital and began “making noise” about the development.
“One ah the nurse’s reply to my auntie was, ‘Welcome to A&E. we don’t have to answer any questions. So I went up to the head nurse office to make a report and they say the head nurse gone Georgetown by the hospital. When I finished the surgery in Arnos Vale and was coming back home, the nurse called and was asking me questions and she end up and tell me sorry for the misplacement of my finger. And that was it.”
Burkley told iWitness News that he is not pleased with the development.
“I’m upset about it because I been want my finger go back on. For me, I planning to sue them for my finger,” he said.
However, he has not contacted a lawyer as yet.
“I feel bad because I lose a body part and I don’t want to lose any body part,” said the man, who is still on sick leave.
iWitness News contacted MCMH twice on Wednesday for a comment on the matter.
We were told that the hospital administrator, Grace Walters is out of state and the deputy administrator, Andrew Williams was on lunch.
We were later told during a second call that Williams had “stepped out a bit”.