Oct 05, 2017

Duminda Silva discharged, sent to cell in serious condition Featured

Ex-MP Duminda Silva, sentenced to death over the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra murder, is in serious condition, but was discharged from prison hospital and sent to a cell, prison sources say.

A doctor sent by the Health Ministry examined Silva and ordered that he be discharged, despite objections by prison doctors.

On the same night, he developed a serious respiratory trouble at his cell, and admitted again to prison hospital.

Needs regular medical attention

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Serious damage to skull, brain

On an order by Colombo high court, a nine member board of specialist doctors from Colombo National Hospital examined Silva and reported that he has suffered serious damage to his brain, and should receive regular medical attention.

Pursuant that report, signed by deputy director general of health services Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the prisoner underwent a CT scan which showed the extent of damage to his skull and brain.

Swelling in the brain

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Needs respiratory aid

His brain has pieces of the skull and shrapnel embedded in it and there is swelling in some parts as well.

This report is on par with the findings in a CT scan in Singapore, where Silva was treated for the wounds he suffered in the shooting at Mulleriyawa.

It goes onto say that he could get easily depressed and experience complexities that could worsen his condition.

As recommended in Singapore, he needs respiratory aid.

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Part of the skull removed

Silva was first admitted to Sri Jayewardenapura Hospital, where parts of his skull were removed, and later two surgeries were performed on him in Singapore.

A basic human right

Former commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Pratibha Mahanamahewa said any patient has the basic right to obtain treatment.

Therefore, recommendations of the board of doctors needs to be implemented, he said.

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