The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has found a private nursing home and its doctors guilty of negligence and deficiency in service in the case of a delivery in which the baby developed complications due to unsatisfactory treatment and flouting of norms.

The expectant mother was admitted to the hospital at the NR Medical Home, Perambur, and was delivered of a baby boy by the director of the hospital, Dr. Nasreen Ahmed. However, the baby was born with the umbilical cord wound around his neck, and his mouth was full of the fluid, full of bile, epithelial cells and mucus normally passed by the new-born. The umbilical cord was cut and the fluid aspirated from the baby’s mouth by a nurse. Subsequently, the child was observed to be in respiratory distress, and was referred to a paediatrician.

The Forum found that the child was not given adequate oxygen, nor was he given a Vitamin K injection which could have alleiviated his suffering to some extent. As a result, the boy suffered mental retardation.

The Court also found that the norm of having a paediatrician present during delivery had not been followed and ruled that there was deficiency on the part of paediatrician Dr K Satish.

The child’s mother, Anuradha, who approached the Court for redress, was awarded a compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs, which the Court described as ‘a meagre amount’ in relation to the suffering that had to be borne. The hospital was also asked to bear the cost of medical treatment, amounting to Rs. 58,000.

The verdict comes 11 years after the birth of the baby.


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