Saudi girl injected with HIV demands $13m

Botched blood transfusion in January saw 13-year old infected with deadly virus
Saudi girl injected with HIV demands $13m
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By Daniel Shane
Tue 09 Jul 2013 12:05 PM

A Saudi Arabian girl mistakenly infected with HIV during a blood transfusion is seeking SAR50m ($13m) in compensation, it was reported.

Thirteen-year old Riham Hakami, who suffers from sickle cell anaemia, was given the tainted blood during a routine transfusion at a public hospital in Jazan earlier this year, Arab News said. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, a terminal condition.

A committee setup by the Ministry of Health following the incident led to the sacking of five senior health officials, including the director general of Jazan General Hospital, its medical director and director of its blood bank.

“In some countries the compensation for a similar error is around 160m euros, apart from sacking and imprisoning the responsible officials,” Hakami’s lawyer, who was not named, said.

Hakami’s lawyer is also demanding that the doctor responsible for the transfusion is held legally accountable. The Administrative Court in Riyadh is currently examining a petition filed by Hakami.

Further outcry was sparked following the botched transfusion in January when Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health reportedly offered Hakami an iPad as a gift.

All transfusions at the hospital were temporarily suspended after the incident.

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