Friday, August 22, 2008
Accident, Hospital and The News .. in Indonesian way
For all of you who live in Jakarta, Indonesia and read Jakarta Post newspaper, then you might notice city news of August 20.
The news title is “Malaysian hit by TransJakarta bus on 19 August. The person that the journalist mentioned in that news is my colleague. The accident was true but the identity is totally wrong, because he’s not 23 y.o. and not Malaysian Embassy staff. In fact, he’s one of our chief in our company.
He didn’t bring his car at that day so he took a taxi and no one of his family accompanied him at the hospital, in fact, we were the one who knew that he got an accident.
Also about the injury statement from the head of Jakarta Police accident, where he stated that there’s no vital injury in my friend’s vital organ, was totally wrong. He had suffered serious injuries; the doctor in Jakarta would like to amputate his right arm and didn’t notice that his ribs and right hand were broken. He also has to undergo brain surgery.
We just finished our workshop when my HR VP suddenly informed us that our colleague had an accident. I rushed called my former boss and asked him to contact our colleague’s wife since suddenly I lost my colleague wife’s number.
Then we heard that my colleague’s secretary already in the hospital, to take care all of the administration and insurance, since he has SOS medical insurance.
Therefore when we read the article in Jakarta Post, we were confused. But since the accident by Transjakarta on that day only once, then the article must be pointed to our colleague.
The worst part is about Indonesian doctor decision to amputate his right arm. Lucky that his wife is a doctor and all of her family also doctors, so she consults his husband condition to her entire family. The decision finally came out around 10.30 PM that he will evacuate to KL before finally changed to Singapore, since her brother in law have recommended her to the one of neurologist specialist in Singapore.
When the decision came out, there’s no flight to evacuate him. SOS only is able to evacuate him around 06.00 AM.
Phew, being in the hospital that night really made some of us awake. The hospital is a private hospital where several years ago, my doctor (now he’s already become a professor) got banned to practice. The reason were so simple because he’s handle HIV-AIDS patient and he were active in giving the understanding of how to deal with HIV-AIDS patient. At that time, HIV-AIDS is something new here not like today.
Therefore, as a private hospital then he should be ready with all of the preparation to handle a patient like my colleague, but in fact, they didn’t. My friend has to buy an ice cube so the hospital could put my colleague’s arm in the ice.
Second, the decision to amputate his arm. Well, I’m not an expert, I’m as blind as others, but the amazing one, doctor in KL and Sing were so sure that they can save my colleague’s arm. Therefore, they instructed that he must be evacuated before 05.00 AM.
The news that I got yesterday, the operation of saving his right arm in Singapore succeed, and now he’s in close monitoring before they operate his brain.
Third, the information from SOS administration which at the end made us panics. The information was like a professional. She stated that when the decision to evacuate came out then SOS will take care all the preparation to evacuate the patient. We were assuming that the plane was ready. Because the time of evacuation is important for the patient, especially if there’s several action to safe patient organ.
The fact, when SOS doctor finally came and the decision was safe to evacuate the patient, the plane is not there.
Well …. I just remember of gj’s post on August 14, “You Know You’ve Been in Indonesia Too Long If.” There a bunch of list in his article about foreigner who followed most (not all) Indonesian people will do.
I think I will add … You Know you’ve been in Indonesia too long if …
You believe doctor’s statement that there’s no hope for your life
You only read 1 newspaper and never read other’s newspaper or news portal
I don’t want to discredit Indonesian doctor, I have several doctor’s were they recommendation were logic, where they examined you carefully. There is also a lot of incidence where Indonesian doctor have done amazing job.
But to get that kind of doctor especially when fate is not with you is like a miracle.
My late beloved father had lost one of his eyes because the doctor gave wrong recommendation and since my father didn’t want to get second opinion, so he underwent that operation.
I know that even in other countries there are also mall practices or doctor that gave wrong recommendation. The problem is others bad story never come out. Their story only appears in movie, like John Doe or Awake …
Its life anyway … can be happening anywhere …