Family claims 6 crores from hospital as compensation for infant contracting HIV

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The Hush Post: A family has claimed compensation of Rs 6 crore from eminent Fernandez Hospital of Hyderabad, after their little infant contracted HIV post an operation carried out by the hospital.

The family has also filed a compensation case against Aarohi Blood Bank.

The case took place in 2016 when a two-day old infant was advised operation by the hospital. The newborn baby was diagnosed with a defect with a very narrow the anal orifice faecal matter. For this the hospital advised the family to undergo surgical procedure colostomy for rectification of the defect.

The infant underwent the surgery, but during this the father was told to arrange platelets. Platelets were taken from Aarohi Blood Bank.

In 2017 the infant was diagnosed with HIV and was allegedly denied further treatment.

The family approached the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) and decided to file a petition with them. Post this, the NCDRC issued a notice to the Hospital and the Blood Bank.

The petition filed by the family states that the hospital and the blood bank involved were responsible for a botched platelet transfusion resulting in their child getting infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

The family also alleges in its complaint that they were not suitably informed about the entire procedure and were told that there would only be a few stitches.

On September 7, 2017 the infant was advised to undergo an operation and it was then that the father was told that the child required platelet transfusion immediately as he was in critical condition. As per the complaint, while platelets could have been arranged from a single donor, platelets from random donors were sourced by the hospital from the blood bank and transfused into the baby.

The baby was diagnosed with HIV on March 7, 2017 and subsequently denied further treatment by the hospital.

The aggrieved family then approached the NCDRC and decided to demand compensation for the alleged medical negligence.

Meanwhile Fernandez Hospital has denied that it has received the notice.

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