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Hospital blamed for burn mark on newborn Thursday, August 23, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Parents of a five-month-old girl have filed a complaint in the Consumer Education and Research Society (CERS) alleging medical negligence left a severe burn mark on their daughter when she was just a few hours old.
Satish Arnold, a local resident, in a written complaint filed with the CERS, alleged that his daughter, Deepa, has sustained severe burns on her left thigh during the heat-treatment that was given to her on March 17 after she was delivered 34 weeks pre-mature and low-birth weight at the Samarpan Maternity Hospital, Thaltej.
"My daughter has sustained a -degree burn on her thigh during heat treatment that was given to her immediately after her pre-mature delivery. The worst part is that we were not even told about the burn and were misguided by the doctors into believing that Deepa had a huge birth mark. When we noticed the ugly blister, we were again misguided into believing that the mark was actually a mole that had got infected and needed to be punctured. It was only the paediatrician, who was present during Deepa's birth, who confirmed that our daughter had sustained burn injury from lamp heat," Arnold has charged in the complaint.
Deepa's mother Priya said, at present, they were consulting plastic surgeon Dr Sanjiv Vasa who has advised pressure garments and cosmetic surgery for Deepa in the longer run.
"The accident has caused us great mental harassment compounded by constant suffering that our tiny daughter is undergoing and huge medical bills which will not be reimbursed by my husband's Mediclaim cover provided by the company", says Priya.
It needs mention that the Arnolds have demanded compensation from the hospital in terms of financing the current treatment for burns and also for the cosmetic surgery that will required to be done at a later stage.
Meanwhile, the doctors at the Samarpan Hospital have termed the allegations of medical negligence as baseless and not conforming to medical details. "The child was premature with a low birth weight. The normal practise in such cases is to keep such babies under heat and treat them aggressively. The baby was kept at a safe distance for 25 minutes and was never left unattended. When the baby was handed over to the relatives, she was silent and sleeping peacefully... can a condition like burns leave anyone sleep peacefully", retort Dr Parul and Manoj Kapoor in the written explanation handed over to the parents.
The doctors conceded in the letter that even they are perplexed as to how a small part of the body got affected to an innocuous degree of heat and emphasised that their line of treatment was right. "We are sure that inspite of what happened unfortunately our line of treatment in giving the heat was absolutely correct and life-saving and there is no question of negligence on our part", the doctors have stated.
When contacted, the CERS official co-ordinating the complaint said that the society has sent a letter seeking the doctors to explain their position. "We have sent an official letter to the hospital to explain its stand. If found that the patient has been wronged due to medical negligence, only then we will take up the matter in the court", informed Umesh Bhatt, co-ordinating consumer complaints at CERS.
News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]