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Updated: April 7, 2013 08:21 IST

Boy’s death leads to protest, caning in government hospital

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Alex Raj
Alex Raj

Tension prevailed at Vani Vilas Hospital here for a while on Saturday morning following the death of a seven-year-old boy whose family staged a protest with the body alleging medical negligence and demanding action against the doctors.

The police used their canes to disperse the agitated crowd. Later, the body was sent for a post-mortem.

Class 3 student

The boy, Alex Raj, a Class 3 student of a boarding school in Yelahanka, was admitted to the hospital with high fever and nausea on March 24.

“After two days of regular treatment, the doctors shifted him to the ICU when he was diagnosed with hepatitis. When Alex did not respond to the treatment, the doctors put him on the ventilator and he was under constant observation. His condition deteriorated and he developed convulsions with internal bleeding and succumbed on Saturday,” Gangadhar Belawadi, head of the Department of Paediatric Medicine, told The Hindu.

However, Yuvaraj, Alex’s father, insisted it was the doctors’ negligence. “They did not inform us about the condition. Initially they said it was a liver problem, but later they said he was suffering from kidney failure. Today, they said he died due to internal bleeding. We suspect the doctors did not diagnose his condition and did not give proper treatment.”

Alex is the second son of Mr. Yuvaraj, a wall painter, and Ammu, a domestic help. The family lives in L.R. Nagar slum in Koramangala.

‘We were threatened’

Ranjith Kumar, a social worker from the slum, said the doctors did not speak to them properly when they went to talk to them. “They threatened to hand us over to the police. When we staged a protest, the police beat us with lathis and drove us away. We have filed a complaint with the Victoria Hospital police against the doctors responsible for the death. We have also demanded a detailed probe.”

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This looks like a case liver failure.

The patient families have difficulty in understanding the problem.It is the only place where the families in their emotions cause such problems

from:  drharan
Posted on: Apr 8, 2013 at 01:01 IST

doctor's negligence costs boy's life, when these responsible people of
our society like, Doctors,Lawyers, Engineers, politicians, and policemen
realise their importance to build the society welfare. instead of their
money mindedness

from:  Kavignar Thanigai
Posted on: Apr 7, 2013 at 22:12 IST

Its also a question of treament extended to the poor strata of our society ..... they need to be treated with the same sensitivity as the rich are treated...

from:  Bipin
Posted on: Apr 7, 2013 at 21:59 IST

Doctors are well educated about how to communicate with patients relatives , inturn it's
illiterate patients relatives who can't be reasoned and explained medical intricacies in 5 min
which they have learned over 8 yrs ... It's easy to say patient died so its doctors negligence.
Does anyone know that sometimes patient load on vani vilas is so much that deliveries have been conducted in the autorikshaws in which patients come in active advanced labour.
Doctors put in 120 hrs a week here in vani vilas and are payed 15,000 or 25,000. Ask how much a average engineer in bangalore ate 28 earns or how many hours he clocks in. It's a thankless job an society has made doctors in govt hospital as slaves. Pay less , make them work with inferior and inadequate support of infrastructure or hands. And when patient dies of genuine medical condition, Just blame them of negligence like it was doctor who abducted them from street and forced them to go to ICU.

from:  Rohan
Posted on: Apr 7, 2013 at 19:34 IST

The story seems like a genuine case of severe hepatitis/liver failure leading to encephalopathy(coma), kidney failure and coagulopathy(bleeding complications) which does have very high risk of death without a liver transplant. Doctor-patient communication is not part of routine medical training in India and this leads to altercations as above. Although they time available in India for each patient doctor interaction is much less than in the developed countries, it is high time that some form of curriculum be introduced in the medical training to tackle this issue of mis or non communication between doctors and patients or their relatives.

from:  Chethan
Posted on: Apr 7, 2013 at 17:35 IST
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