Janine Bruyn of Lismore had her baby delivered by Dr Roman Hasil at the Lismore Base Hospital in February 2004.
Janine Bruyn of Lismore had her baby delivered by Dr Roman Hasil at the Lismore Base Hospital in February 2004. The Northern Star/Jacklyn Wagner

Dr Roman Hasil abuse list continues to grow

WOMEN continue to speak out publicly about their allegations of abuse at the hands of Dr Roman Hasil while he was employed as an obstetrician at the Lismore Base Hospital between 2001 and 2005.

Janine Bruyn, of Lismore, said she was left emotionally scarred after Dr Hasil delivered her daughter at the hospital on February 9, 2005.

Ms Bruyn said he verbally abused and humiliated her while she was giving birth.

“He told me: Push woman, push like you hate me,” Ms Bruyn said.

Ms Bruyn said Dr Hasil was 'over-the-top rough'.

Tracy Robson, of Casino, said she just wanted some answers as to why her daughter, Chloe, now 6, was left with cerebral palsy after a 'very rough' cesarean was performed by Dr Hasil.

Mrs Robson said her nightmare began on August 9, 2002, when at just over 40 weeks pregnant she presented to the hospital's antenatal clinic and was examined by Dr Hasil. The doctor performed an internal examination.

Mrs Robson said the examination was painful and performed with such force she bled all weekend.

“It was stressful and I was just hoping the baby was going to be okay,” Mrs Robson said.

She was told by Dr Hasil if she did not go into labour over the weekend she should return to the hospital for a cesarean on Tuesday, August 13.

On the Tuesday, Mrs Robson, with her husband Gary and mother Leonie Kelly, returned to the hospital for a cesarean.

Mrs Robson said the operation performed by Dr Hasil was so forceful and rough at one stage she became winded.

As soon as Chloe was born she was rushed to special care, and was later bought to Mrs Robson's bedside screaming.

Mrs Robson and Mrs Kelly repeatedly told hospital staff they thought something was wrong with the baby, but were told they were being over-protective.

Then, 15 hours after her birth, Chloe began having seizures which hospital staff were unable to stop.

Just 24 hours after she was born, Chloe's parents were told she had suffered extensive brain damage as a result of a stroke.

Mrs Robson said nobody had been able to explain what had happened to her daughter, but she alleges the trauma of Chloe's birth was the cause.

“Not knowing why is horrible,” Mrs Robson.

Mrs Robson said she held Dr Hasil responsible for Chloe's condition, which had left her physically and intellectually disabled.

Mrs Robson is one of 10 North Coast women whose complaints against Dr Hasil were currently being heard by the Health Care Complaints Commission.

North Coast Area Health Chief Executive Chris Crawford said he was waiting for the outcome of the HCCC inquiry before commenting further on the complaints.

Mr Crawford said the way complaints were handled within the NCAS had improved.

Want to know more?

Doubts over Dr Hasil from day one: obstetrician.
Cesareans by Dr Hasil leaves women scarred.
'Abusive' Roman Hasil blamed for heart attack.
Dr Roman Hasil allegedly 'under the influence'.


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