New Delhi: Thee National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, to pay Rs. 3.5 lakhs as compensation to a man whose daughter had to be re-operated as a mop was left behind in her abdomen after surgery.

The apex Commission Bench headed by Justice K. S. Gupta and member P. D. Shenoy, upholding the verdict of Andhra Pradesh State Consumer Commission, held the hospital and its managing director and surgeon Dr. K. Ravindra Nath guilty for the `mental agony and trauma' faced by the complainant V. V. Surya Prakasham.

Earlier, the State Commission, allowing the complaint had ruled "there was deficiency of service on the part of Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Nath who had conducted a surgery".

It had also held them liable, severally as well as jointly, and asked them to pay up Rs. 2.10 lakhs along with 12 per cent annual interest to Prakasham.

Complaint

As per the complaint, the 13-year-old daughter of Prakasham, Vitta Sireesha was diagnosed with immature teratoma - stage III cancer following a surgery at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad on March 27, 1997.

Two months later, a harried Prakasham took her to Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad for a second opinion, where it was found that some foreign object was left behind at the time of her earlier surgery.

She was operated again before her discharge from NIMS on June 30, 1997. Prakasham approached the State Consumer Commission for seeking compensation to the tune of Rs. 10 lakhs for the mental agony and medical expenses. PTI