Family of man in vegetative state sues IMH, seeks $5m for alleged negligence

The family claims that IMH had failed to meet the standard of medical care required in feeding Mr Cheng Jia Ning.
The family claims that IMH had failed to meet the standard of medical care required in feeding Mr Cheng Jia Ning. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) is looking to resolve differences in expert opinion as to how a schizophrenic in-patient ended in a persistent vegetative state following an April 2017 feeding incident when he allegedly choked on the food he was fed.

The family of Mr Cheng Jia Ning is seeking over $5 million for alleged negligence, a claim IMH is contesting. Mr Cheng, 59, has been in vegetative state and bedridden in a nursing home since June 2017.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'Family of brain-dead man sues IMH, seeks $5m for alleged negligence'. Print Edition | Subscribe