Chemo blunder victim back home after US surgery

Updated 17 October 2014

Chemo blunder victim back home after US surgery

The five-year-old Saudi girl, who was incorrectly given chemotherapy over a year ago in the Kingdom, has now returned home after treatment in the US.
Rama Abdullah Al-Mohaimeed underwent treatment in the US over the past 13 months. She received support from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to undergo 12 corrective operations at Mayo Clinic.
A doctor at a Buraidah hospital had mistakenly given her chemotherapy treatment.
"Praise to God and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for saving my daughter, by allowing her to get treatment at the best hospitals in the world after suffering so much for the past 17 months," said her father.
According to her father, Rama's US doctors were shocked to hear about the medical mistake.
He said four well-known doctors from outside the state came to the hospital and requested permission to study Rama’s case.
Al-Mohaimeed said Rama began recovering after a month of treatment and was discharged, but due to severe inflammation in her trachea and high fever, she was transferred by air-ambulance to a specialized hospital for children, where she underwent a series of operations.
She returned to Mayo Clinic to undergo several additional operations. He said Rama has been successfully treated and would return to the US after one year.
Al-Mohaimeed said he plans to re-open the case against the health department of Qassim. He thanked Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar who met with his daughter after the initial publication of the case, and continued to follow up with the family while she was in America.
According to previous reports, the doctor who made the mistake had confused Rama with another young patient named Rami, aged 15. He then treated Rama with chemotherapy. Rama only had inflammation of her lymph glands.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 27 min 43 sec ago

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.