Toddler Critical After Hospital 'Negligence'

A three-year-old girl is in critical condition at Malati Manipal Hospital due to alleged negligence of doctors at the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics (SGITO).

Published: 25th December 2013 08:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th December 2013 08:21 AM   |  A+A-

A three-year-old girl is in critical condition at Malati Manipal Hospital due to alleged negligence of doctors at the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics (SGITO).

Sources said Mariam Kausar was taken to SGITO after she fractured her left hand on December 13. Her aunt Reshma said Mariam underwent a limb procedure more than two days after she was admitted there.

“She was admitted on December 13 but the operation was done only on December 16,” she said. Mariam was taken for surgery at 8.30 am but was wheeled out to the ICU only around 3.30 pm even though doctors had reportedly told Mariam’s family that the procedure would take only 30 minutes.

The family alleged that  doctors withheld her medical reports. “After struggling hard, we got her reports. The discharge summary said she had bradycardia and hypoxia,” Reshma said.

Mariam was referred to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH). However, the family decided to shift Mariam to Malati Manipal Hospital on December 18 where MRI scans revealed she has brain swelling and a haemorrhage.

Dr B G Tilak, director, SGITO, rubbished the family’s claims and said doctors treated the child for her fracture, performing a supracondylar surgery. “The doctors had to administer a small dose of  anaesthesia. She later developed respiratory problems following which she was admitted to another hospital and kept in the ICU. The parents got her discharged,” said Tilak.

Health Minister UT Khader on Tuesday said an committee will be set up to look into the case.

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