Nearly 10 days after a three-year-old girl developed serious complications due to alleged negligence at the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Orthopaedics and Trauma (SGITO), police registered an FIR naming 10 institute employees on Thursday.
Tilak Nagar police said the FIR was filed under Sections 279 and 338 of the IPC.
Mariam Kausar was taken to SGITO on December 13 after she suffered a fracture in her left hand. She underwent a close reduction procedure for the injury on December 16. Following this, however, she began to experience seizures, which SGITO doctors did not pay adequate attention to, charged her aunt Reshma Rafiq. Mariam was then shifted to Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health where she could not be treated after which she was taken to Malathi Manipal Hospital on December 18. After an MRI scan there, doctors diagnosed swelling in her brain due to hypoxic insult.
Mariam’s parents alleged that her health had been compromised due to negligence on the part of staff at SGITO as her surgery was conducted too late. Furthermore, they claimed an overdose of anaesthesia was administered during the surgery.
Manipal Hospitals director, Dr Sudarshan H Ballal, on Thursday, said Mariam was still in a coma and was expected to be in a critical condition for sometime. “The prognosis of the child is guarded and it is too early to determine the outcome. We are keeping a close watch on her. There is no deterioration,” he said. Doctors will also perform a tracheotomy on the child to ease her breathing.