Baby Yok Shan to get artificial arm

MALAYSIA - Baby Lai Yok Shan, who had her left arm amputated below the elbow after a medical error, will be fitted with a prosthetic limb soon, reported China Press.

Her father, mechanic Kian Khee, 25, said they were negotiating with a private hospital over the fee, which is said to be RM1,500 (S$630).

He said the amount was inclusive of consultation, casting and measurement, adding that the fitting would most probably be done in Kuala Lumpur after the Chinese New Year season.

He added that the artificial limb would enable Yok Shan to lead a normal life as currently, she had problems balancing herself while walking.

Yok Shan, who is 18-months-old now, lost her left arm in August 2007 when it turned gangrenous and dropped off after a houseman at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital inserted an intravenous needle into a muscle when the premature baby was placed in an incubator.

On the issue of compensation from the Government, Kian Khee said it would be handled by his lawyer Gobind Singh Deo.

It was reported the family only received a reply from the Health Ministry recently after sending seven letters to the ministry but there was no mention on compensation.

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