Hyderabad hospital booked for negligence

Four-year-old dies after tonsils surgery

April 04, 2018 11:27 pm | Updated 11:27 pm IST - HYDERABAD

Police booked a hospital after parents of a four-year-old alleged that medical negligence led to their child’s death.

According to a complaint lodged with Kacheguda Police on Wednesday, K. Mani Vardhan Yadav underwent a surgery at Pratima Hospital in Kacheguda on March 26. Later that day, he was put on ventilator support.

“The father in his complaint alleged the hospital promised to discharge the child, who had undergone a tonsil surgery, soon after being put on ventilator. During the early hours of Wednesday, the family was told that the boy had passed away. The family alleges medical negligence,” said Sub-Inspector V. Laxamaiah, who added a case was registered for causing death due to negligence.

The body was sent for autopsy and later handed over to the family members, who had been protesting at the hospital.

The hospital management told reporters that the child suffered Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy after surgery, a condition associated with recovery from anaesthesia, and thus, needed to be put on ventilator after surgery.

“It is a rare complication and was not expected. There were no lapses in the surgical treatment that was offered to the child. An autopsy has been conducted to establish what exactly caused death,” the hospital said in a statement.

The hospital denied allegations that it had kept the family in the dark about the boy’s condition. It said that daily updates about the child’s health were being provided.

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