In support of Prof Paddy Dewan

November 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm 12 comments

We have known Paddy Dewan for almost 8 years now, he is Owen’s Urologist & Surgeon. He has been found guilty of charges from a surgery he performed back in 2004. I am not aware of the circumstances…I am just aware now that as a result he MAY be forced out of his profession for 12-18months. I hope not. This is the man who invented the surgery that Owen had for his very complex case of hypospadies. This is the man who cared for him, who spoke to us clearly and explained in detail, not only the surgery but the complications, the man who was back at 3am for another 2hrs when he tore his internal stitches and couldn’t pee. The man who sat me down at 5am and told me he didn’t know how long he would be in hospital for and to remember to take care of myself too. This is the same man who gives up so much of his own time in his charity (kind cuts for kids) to go overseas and operate on cases that Drs in 3rd world countries can’t fix and who teaches the local doctors and nurses while he is there. This is a man who is slowly being forced out of the public system for his instance on people owning up to mistakes and errors so that all can learn from them and ensure they don’t happen again. This is a man who realises that Owen is not just a patient but a child and part of a family and treats him accordingly. A man who is so patient and caring with children and their concerned parents.  I am not privy to all the details of the case in question but surely the reason for suspending a doctor is to protect the public from mistreatment and surely then all the GOOD this wonderful man has done has to be considered as well.  We are lucky in that we are down to 6 monthly check ups at the moment to ensure all is well but even so should Paddy be suspended we will be lining up to see him when he starts practicing again.  When we first took Owen to see a surgeon he literally threw his hands in the air and said ‘I’m not touching that’, he went on to say that there was, in his opinion, only one doctor to refer him too. Over those early years through several ops I never failed to be greatful that we had been referred to Paddy.

The decision will be made by the end of the year. I hope and pray that he will not be suspended for the sake of all the children who need his talent, skill and care!

Entry filed under: Just Me, my boys.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  November 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    My 7 year old son was also born with hypospadius, thankfully a mild case. We’ve been a patient of Paddy’s in the past also and I think his work speaks for itself. There is no denying he is a skilled surgeon, and the fact he donates so much of his time to patients overseas is just wonderful.
    I also don’t know the specifics of the case, but surely one mistake shouldn’t see him deregistered. Imagine all those patients who need his expertise over those 12-18 months! Who’s going to help them, when he is often the only surgeon to tackle such complicated surgeries?

  • 2. A grateful supporter  |  January 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Paddy Dewan skillfully performed a complicated burst appendix operation on my 12 twelve year old son in the Royal Children’s Hospital. What was expected to be an hours wait, turned out to be more than three hours wait while he correctly diagnosed the problem and performed the surgery than has led to a healthful life for my son who is a young man now.

    I am just grateful for the service than Paddy Dewan has given.

  • 3. Johanne Sanders  |  June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    And now he is gone:

  • 4. Jude  |  June 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Johanne – I spoke to his rooms last week when I read the article and they are still taking bookings and he is fighting it. Apparently he has said that if it goes ahead he won’t return to practice. Lets hope he wins the fight but I am worried that he might not. We are still going for yearly reviews – my sons case of hypospadies was much more complex that ‘usual’.

  • 5. Paddy Dewan  |  October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Dear All,

    Isn’t it interesting that raising concerns about quality of care for children results in those who should be held accountable using a family to discredit he who is unwise/wise enough to take a public stand. The VCAT outcome is being challenged in the supreme court and does not reflect the truth. My website tells more of the story. The Age article is typical of the press failing to inform the public. The author of the June article knows of the material sent to the medical board by those who have come to me for care of the outcome of the errors orchestrated by others. She is also aware of the dubious processes used to minimise the service to children at the Sunshine Hospital, because of the focus of doing harm to an individual, rather than enhancing the care to children. When challenged with being asked to publish the truth about the inappropriate behaviour of those in medical administration and organisation that are charged with quality review, Julia Medew stated, “I cannot write that. I would get into trouble.”

    I continue to work in Australia and in several developing countries, and, when the truth is out, those who have orchestrated the shooting of the messenger will be held accountable.

  • 7. Paddy Dewan  |  November 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Dear supporters,

    The Supreme court has seen through the circus like behaviour of the VCAT panel. The medical board has again demonstrated that they are more interested in chasing shadows than protecting the public and guiding doctors. When will they properly investigate the 100 case scenarios presented to them by myself on behalf of families? When will there be an investigation of the inappropriate behaviour of the medical administration at the western netwok in 2009 and the RCh in 2003? Answer: when patients are more important than politics and when administrators are held accountable for patient outcomes.

    The medical board is using a large amount of public funds to “shoot the messenger”. The medical board should be investigated.

    Paddy Dewan

  • 8. akash bissessur  |  May 25, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Professor Paddy Dewan.
    he is my god. he is the one who saves my life.
    i was born with an handicap, where my bowel was not well formed and couldn’t have controll, but professor paddy dewan did all his best to make me a normal boy. there cannot be his second one.
    he has operate me several times in sunshine hospital, in mauritius hospitals just to cure his boy.. he has saved my lives through his career, he has operate me for more that 12 hours several times standing on his feet to cure me, professor paddy dewan is a god given gift, he has never forgot the poor and sick children , he travelled to mauritius to operate children who did not hav the finance to travelled to abroad, all his operation is successfull,,
    thanks to you professor paddy dewan, we all love you..
    your boy from mauritius ( akash bissessur )

    • 9. Paddy Dewan  |  May 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Akash, you are my hero for what you have become (a fine young man), despite a difficult problem and a rough road through it. See you in September in Mauritius.

      The team is about to leave for Eastern Europe. Still there has been no news from VCAT, but the Medical board is being sued by 50 women who contracted hepatitis from a doctor; the allegation that the Board had not protected the woman from the doctor

      But the medical board has not yet been investigated for failure to investigate dozens of cases that were presented to them by me, yet they undertook to persue a vexatious case against me. and tell the complex story.

  • 10. akash bissessur  |  May 26, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Thank you doctor, but in reality you are my real hero. see you soon in September.

  • 11. manchula  |  October 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    My son has been seen by prof Paddy for one year.As a mom and a nurse a am happy the way he is looking after my son.

  • 12. Paddy Dewan  |  November 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm



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