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Transfusion HIV victim seeks justice


A mother brought her HIV-infected daughter - who apparently contracted the virus from a blood transfusion - to seek help from the Public Health Ministry yesterday.

The mother, whose name was withheld to protect her identity, was taken by the Pavena Foundation for Children and Women to the ministry, to demand an investigation into who was responsible for infecting her daughter.

The mother said her daughter, now 21 years old, received a blood transfusion in 1991 when she was born prematurely at a private hospital in Bangkok. At the age of seven, the child's blood tested positive for HIV. No one else in the family has the virus.

The hospital director admitted the girl had received the HIV virus from a blood transfusion, the mother said.

The hospital offered 70,000 baht to the family to pay for medical treatment, she added.

The mother said her daughter needs continuous treatment, but the hospital has not offered any additional help.

"I am here because I want someone to take responsibility," the mother said.

She said her daughter was living in fear, worried that someone would discover she has HIV.

The mother and daughter were joined by five other people being helped by the Pavena foundation, who filed a petition with the ministry claiming they are victims of medical malpractice.

Three people - Anusak Phusomjit, Rattana Sachalad and Arom Changjaroen - claimed their babies died few hours after being born.

They think the babies died because of negligence by medical staff.

Another individual, Janthima Sadsrano, believes her sister died after giving birth because of possible mistakes made by hospital staff.

The final member of the group, Tabtim Sangsuwan, says her niece was given an improper injection, resulting in severe body-swelling and allergies.

Permanent secretary for Health Narong Sahamethaphat told Ms Pavena the ministry would look into each complaint.


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Information in this article was accurate in November 1, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.