Temple Of Justice
Defense Produces More Witnesses In US$25m Case
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, October 6 (LINA) – Defense witnesses in the US$25 million John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital action of damages case Thursday took the stand denying any act of negligence in the death of Nakita Forh, the daughter of Representative Edward Forh.
The hospital and ten of its employees are on trial for alleged negligence resulting to the death of the Montserrado County lawmaker’s daughter.
In a 26-count complaint filed at the Civil Law Court in Monrovia, Forh is asking 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.
The “Action of Damages for Wrongful Death” case was filed on July 31, 2015.
According to Rep. Forh, had the hospital accepted and treated his daughter on September 26, 2014 she would not have died.
But taking the stand Thursday, witness Mary Howard Yanquoi said: “As people under oath to save lives, we did not carry on any act of negligence but Representative Forh refused to listen to our advice.”
She denied any knowledge of all that took place on September 26, but was informed on the next day, when the Ebola response unit arrived at the hospital to conduct investigation on the lifeless body of a patient that was lying on the ground, adding, “This was my first day of interacting with the lawmaker.”
“During the Ebola outbreak, there were established rules that every patient needed to follow, all of which the lawmaker did not yield to,” she explained.
For her part, witness Kona Quoiquoi explained that on September 27, 2014, while on assignment under the palava hut where patients' temperature and other evaluations were done before entering the hospital, she saw a parent with a patient in his arms, who did not listen nor follow the prescribed procedures, and headed directly to the main hospital.
“He did not follow the established protocols; so I called and alerted the hospital administrator and that was all I saw and did,” she said, adding, “We tried advising him but he would not listen to anyone.”
The defense counsel began the parade of witnesses on Tuesday and is expected to produce six witnesses to exonerate their clients.
Those sued include the JFK Hospital, 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.