Asphyxia main cause of West Bengal toddler's death in Kolkata's AMRI hospital, says post-mortem

Two-and-a-half-year-old Oyetri Dey had died at the AMRI Mukundapur unit last month. Family members, including her mother, had alleged that she was not provided proper treatment.
Representational Image. | File Photo
Representational Image. | File Photo

KOLKATA: Asphyxia, a condition in which the body is deprived of oxygen, was the main cause of death of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl whose family had claimed that she was not provided oxygen by the hospital administration.

The girl, Oyetri Dey, had died at the AMRI Mukundapur unit last month.

Family members, including her mother, had alleged that she was not provided oxygen or given a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on time after she had a convulsion following administration of an injection.

"Death was due to the effects of asphyxia as noted above ante-mortem in nature," the post mortem report, a copy of which is with the PTI, said.

The girl was admitted to the hospital with acute bronchitis on January 15. She was recovering well and about to be discharged but died two days later, on January 17 morning.

A senior hospital official has denied the charges, saying the patient "had been on nebulisation and the oxygen mask was at her bedside. CPR was given promptly."

The hospital had cited cardiac arrest as the cause of the death and said they suspected she had an underlying heart ailment.

Parts of the child's heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, brains along with the spleen, have been sent for histopathological tests.

The post-mortem report also stated, "Further opinion if any would be given after the receipt of the reports of preserved materials”.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, where the girl's parents had lodged a complaint against the hospital, held the first hearing in the matter today.

The commission heard the parents as well as the AMRI authorities.

Jayanti Chatterjee, the unit head of AMRI Mukundapur, who allegedly misbehaved with the girl's family, was also summoned along with and the doctor, Jayati Sengupta, who was treating the baby.

"We have asked both the parents and the hospital to submit affidavit stating their versions of what had happened," said Commission chairperson Justice Ashim Kumar Roy.

The next hearing would be held on Wednesday.

The girl's parents had filed two separate complaints with the commission and East Jadavpur Police. Police had earlier summoned both Chatterjee and Sengupta for questioning.

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