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Japanese-Born Karateka Demands US$250K For Wrong Op That Left Him Crippled

An award-winning Japanese-born martial artiste, Harunobu Chiba, has filed a US$250 000 lawsuit against two local doctors who wrongly diagnosed him before carrying out an operation that left him crippled.

The two doctors, Gilbert Mawera and K Naik are being sued together with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe, their governing board, which allegedly failed to take action when Chiba raised complaints against the two doctors.

Court papers say Mawera is a specialist neurosurgeon and also a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe while Naik is a specialist radiologist practising at MRI diagnostic Centre, also known as Baines Imaging Group of the Medical Centre.

The summons says in March 2015, Chiba was injured on the back and underwent diagnostic Magnetic Resonance Imaging commonly known as MRI by the two doctors he is now suing.

Naik produced a report which indicated that Chiba’s vertebral discs number 9 and 10 were normal, but that 10 and 11 were deformed and displaced yet the situation was vice-versa.

He underwent surgery and got worse and ended up failing to walk and urinate. He was then airlifted to Japan for treatment at Saku General hospital.

It was discovered by the specialists in Japan that the hernia injury to his spine was intact and unattended and that Naik had identified the wrong vertebrae for correction. 

Chiba was then operated on to remove the hernia and install stabilising bolts and nuts on vertebrae numbers 9 and 10 that the local doctors had missed.

In June 2018 Chiba was able to walk again though with difficulties and numbness in both legs and around his annul area. He also underwent extensive and intensive treatments from 2015 up to the end of August 2018. Chiba said he spent:

  • US$2 505 on his rehabilitation,
  • US$60 000 on accommodation and subsistence 
  • US$9 22 for two return tickets and a one-way ticket.
  • US$500 for expenditures such as a wheelchair hire, transport, and telephone calls to japan
  • The total expenditure incurred is US$90 967.

He is demanding US$100 000 for permanent disability caused by the duo’s negligence and for loss of amenities, he wants US$70 000.

More: NewZimbabwe

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