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* Sri Lanka Army to provide a prosthetic arm to law student amputee
Wed, Jan 30, 2013, 11:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army, under the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken measures to provide a prosthetic arm to the female law student whose arm got amputated due to alleged medical negligence.

President Rajapaksa, impacted by the student's loss, has instructed the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya to procure a prosthetic arm without any delay through the Army on a priority basis and ensured funds for the purchase.

The final year law student, Achala Priyadarshani lost her arm due to the treatment she has received from the Matara General Hospital following an accidental fall from a flight of stairs at her home.

The left-handed student has fractured her left arm during the fall and the doctors at the Matara General Hospital have placed a cast. The student has complained the cast was too tight and causing pain but the cast had not been removed and instead she has been given a pain killer.

As her condition worsened she had been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital where doctors were forced to amputate her left arm as the nerves had become necrotic.

Army Commander has made arrangements to provide Priyadarshani with a German-manufactured artificial arm which costs around Rs 3.5 million after immediately contacting the supplier in Sri Lanka.

The Army officers have visited the student today at the Colombo National Hospital and informed her of the President's directive to provide her with the prosthesis.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has initiated a thorough investigation into the case as a preliminary investigation has revealed negligence on the part of the doctors at the Matara General Hospital.

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