Temple of Justice
Civil Law Court Begins Hearing Into US$25m Death Case
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 22 (LINA) – The Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill has begun hearing into a US$25 million lawsuit filed by Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh against the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital and 10 of its employees for the death of his daughter.
In his complaint filed on July 31, 2015, Forh requested for “Action of Damages for Wrongful Death” of his daughter at the facility due to their alleged refusal to accept and treat her in September 2014.
In a 26-count complaint, Forh prayed the court to grant him US$10 million for general damages, US$5 million for punitive damages, US$5 million in compensatory damages and US$5 million in consequential damages.
According to Representative Forh, the late Nakita D. Forh was first refused on Friday, September 26, and then on Saturday, September 27, after which she was pronounced dead.
“Despite the critical state of my daughter, they insisted that we bring Ebola clearance while I continued to tell them that my daughter had asthma but they did not listen to me,” Forh noted.
He told the court that they arrived early Saturday morning at JFK but none of the sued individuals gave attention to his daughter when they simply needed to allow her use the Asthma Nebulizer to restore her breath to normalcy.
Taking the witness stand Wednesday, September 21, the Montserrado District #12 lawmaker said contrary to the hospital’s alleged insistence that his daughter had Ebola, she would not have died had the hospital staff accepted and treated her.
Meanwhile, government lawyers representing JFK and others have asked the court to deny Forh’s allegation and set the case aside.
They further argued that under the law, the Republic of Liberia cannot be held liable for punitive damages and that the claim for damages is excessive and additionally lacks any foundation as it is not supported by evidence.
In a 35-count response, state lawyers argued that considering the circumstances, neither of the defendants is liable for the death of Nakita D. Forh as Representative Forh himself refused to listen to the advice of doctors and took his daughter home despite the fact that he had no medical knowledge.
Those sued include JFK, Munah Tarpeh, Tannie G. Sneh, Mary G. Howard Nyaquie, Dr. Korto Dorbor, Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Dr. David Okiror, Prof. Joseph Njoh, Korzu B. Koryan-Browne and Dr. Winnie Scott-McDonald all of whom are employees of JFK.