'No problem' with Hasil, patient says
WHILE 10 women have made official complaints of serious malpractice against former Lismore doctor Roman Hasil, Casino resident and nurse Amanda Hogan remembers buying him a box of chocolates and a 'thank you' card.
Dr Hasil was one of the obstetricians who supervised the birth of her son Shannon on August 19, 2004, at Lismore Base Hospital.
From the moment she met him, Ms Hogan said Dr Hasil made her feel 'safe and comfortable'.
Ms Hogan was admitted to hospital days before she went into labour due to high blood pressure. It was then that she met the doctor.
He told her he would be the second-in-charge obstetrician during the birth as he was still 'clocking up hours to gain Australian-recognised qualifications', she said.
However, Ms Hogan said Dr Hasil was the only obstetrician she saw during her time in hospital, and was glad when he told her he was 'now in charge of her case' after she returned to hospital the day before being induced.
On the day Ms Hogan gave birth, Dr Hasil came into her room once to approve the use of pethidine, and then returned after the birth to insert stitches.
She said his work was professional, the stitching healed well, and she had 'absolutely no problem with him'.
“I remember he gave me a kiss and congratulated me on the birth,” she said.
Ms Hogan said Dr Hasil went above and beyond his duty during the delivery of her son.
That is why she decided to return a few days later and leave him chocolates and a card.
So Ms Hogan was shocked last week to see her obstetrician on the front page of The Northern Star and read the stories of other women's claims of incompetency.
“I just couldn't believe it. I recognised his face straight away,” Ms Hogan said.
“I can't vouch for the experience that other women had, but I didn't have one problem with him.”Want to know more?
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