The private Maharaja Agrasen Hospital here and three of the doctors practicing there have been penalized by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) for their negligence in not following the normal practice of screening the eyes of a premature infant, and thereby causing the child to go blind.

The apex consumer court has ordered the hospital and doctors to pay a sum of Rs. 64 lakhs to the mother of the child.

The complainant, Pooja Sharma, said her baby had been in the hospital for nearly 5 weeks, but doctors failed to screen the child’s eyes and therefore did not notice that his retina was displaced.
She noticed that her baby’s visual response was not normal much later, and an eye checkup revealed retina detachment.

The doctors, however, said that a visual screening had been done, during which no irregularities were noticed, and, that the mother had been advised to bring the baby for regular checkups after discharge.
After perusal of the medical records, the court however said, “We are not convinced whether the Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening was done”.


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