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Better Care Ordered for Coma Patient

Coming to the aid of a young mother who had slipped into coma due to an alleged botched surgery at the Kulithurai Government Taluk Hospital in Kanyakumari district, Madras High Court

Published: 02nd May 2014 07:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd May 2014 07:23 AM   |  A+A-

Coming to the aid of a young mother who had slipped into coma due to an alleged botched surgery at the Kulithurai Government Taluk Hospital in Kanyakumari district, Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) has ordered the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services to provide treatment to her at the Madras Medical College Hospital.

Sithalakshmi (31), a mother of two children and lab technician, was diagnosed with a thyroid problem at a private hospital where doctors advised her to undergo a surgery coasting over `1 lakh. Since her husband S Subramaniam, a grocery shop worker, was unable to afford the money, he got her admitted to the Kulithurai Government Hospital.

On March 3 doctors performed a surgery and told Subramaniam that the patient was in a drowsy state due to anaesthesia.

Soon after she was shifted to a ward, doctors informed Subramaniam that she had slipped into coma and referred her to get admitted in Government Medical College Hospital at Asaripallam in Nagercoil.

Subramaniam had spend `3 lakh for her treatment till April 17. He approached the High Court seeking better treatment for his wife.

Justice R Subbiah on Wednesday directed the Health Secretary and the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services to provide better treatment for the victim at Madras Medical College Hospital and adjourned the case to June first week.

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