Soldier, Crispen Nyabeze, is suing South Medical Chitungwiza Hospital for $44 000 for negligence after the medical institution improperly inserted a catheter into his manhood causing serious injury that has seen the victim now failing to be intimate with his wife. He has since filed papers at the High Court demanding compensation from the hospital.
In the High Court papers filed on April 21 2016, Nyabeze cites Lincoln Savanhu (a nurse) and South Medical Chitungwiza Hospital as first and second respondents, respectively. Nyabeze is employed by the Zimbabwe National Army as an engineer.
Part of the court papers read,
On the 28th day of July 2014, while attending to the plaintiff who was admitted at South Medical Chitungwiza, the first defendant (Savanhu) improperly and negligently inserted a catheter into the plaintiff’s penis and thereby causing injury in the plaintiff’s bulbar urethra. The injury to the plaintiff’s urethra caused some tight strictures. As a result, plaintiff is no longer able to urinate using his penis and a tube had to be inserted into him to pass urine which position caused a lot of pain and discomfort. Plaintiff is no longer able to have sexual intercourse with his wife anymore. He is also incapable of fathering any child through the natural reproductive process, a position which has affected plaintiff’s marriage and social well-being.
Through his lawyers, Dondo and Partners, Nyabeze says he needs to undergo corrective surgery at a cost of about $10,000. In a letter to Nyabeze’s lawyers, the hospital’s legal counsel Wintertons Legal Attorneys, pledged to investigate the matter.