The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Kancheepuram at Chengalpattu has directed a private hospital to pay a compensation of Rs 13.56 lakh to family members of a 22-year old techie who died following wrong treatment provided to her in the hospital. Four years after the treatment, the girl who slipped into a coma, died in 2014 and family members sold properties and jewellery to meet the medical expense.

In the petition, N Kasi Vishwanathan of Thirukkuvalai, Nagapattinam district submitted that his daughter Revathy completed BE (computer science) course. His daughter became indisposed on June 24, 2010, and was rushed to Kedar Multi Speciality Hospital (KMSH), Moulivakkam.

Doctors at KMSH had, as part of the treatment, administered an injection and after which her condition became serious with blood vomiting and a heart condition. When she was rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in an ambulance, doctors there said that she has been administered a wrong treatment and the same has caused her to deteriorate. The patient went into a coma and died on 12th March 2014.

Petitioner contended, his daughter died following wrong treatment provided to her by KMSH and due to the negligence of the hospital. He sought a compensation of Rs 20 lakh from the hospital for the death of his daughter. The hospital management had not appeared before the Forum.

The bench said Kedar hospital had not issued a discharge summary and details of the treatment provided to her. The hospital is duty bound to issue the discharge summary and treatment details. Considering the circumstances and perusing the medical reports and documents, the forum holds that the hospital had committed negligence in providing treatment to Revathy. The petitioner proved his case and the hospital was directed to pay compensation of Rs 13.56 lakhs with interest of 7 per cent per annum.

Courtesy: Times of India

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