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Tension at Ooty headquarters hospital

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Following death of a nine-year-old girl

Police pacifying an agitated crowd at the Government Headquarters Hospital in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Police pacifying an agitated crowd at the Government Headquarters Hospital in Udhagamandalam on Thursday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Tension prevailed at the Government Headquarters hospital here for sometime on Thursday morning following a patient developing complications and her parents and relatives attributing it to medical negligence.

With action being demanded against those allegedly responsible for the condition of the patient, the hospital witnessed noisy scenes.

Enquiries made by The Hindu revealed that three days ago Gopika (9), daughter of a casual labourer Murugan of Manjanakorai, had been brought to the hospital for treatment of a bone infection on the right forearm. A surgery was performed on Wednesday.

However, the child could not be revived. Describing it as a very rare development, the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) M.A. Perumal said that it happens in one out of about ten thousand cases.

Stating that while the surgery was in progress she had developed a respiratory problem and suffered a cardiac arrest. He said that since there was difficulty in reviving her, she had been put on a ventilator. It was decided to send her to the Coimbatore Medical College hospital for a neurologist’s opinion. He claimed that the parents were not willing to shift her. However, Mr. Murugan said that he had given his consent to take her.

The Joint Director of Health, S. Veeraiyan, said that he had gone into all aspects of the case. An enquiry would be conducted and a report submitted to the district administration within 24 hours.

The girl was taken to the Coimbatore Medical College hospital where she died.

Deputy Superintendent of Police G. S. Anita said that a complaint has been received from a relative of the deceased and an FIR registered. A post mortem would be conducted at Coimbatore on Friday.

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