10-year-old in coma for 4 years after alleged medical negligence, constable father awaits justice
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
Nayantara N | The News Minute | December 12, 2014 | 15.37 pm IST Six-year-old Anukrushi Gowda was a cheerful and healthy school girl when tragedy struck her and her family, leaving them shattered. On the fateful day, Anukrushi was sent home by her school teachers after she complained of vomiting and headache. Taking half a day leave, Anukrushiâ€™s father, Gangaraju took his daughter to see a paediatrician. Once inside the Mathrushree Hospital in Nelamangala, Dr. Vijay who claimed to be a childâ€™s specialist, checked up on his daughter and administered two injections in a span of just few minutes. Gangaraju was asked to fetch medicines while his daughter rested. On his return, a shocked Gangaraju saw that his daughter had collapsed on to the floor and was lying still. While he screamed in horror, nobody came to his rescue. â€śI called for help. The owner of Mathrushree hospital, Dr. Mahesh Gandhi did not come out his office although he was there. The authorities asked me to shift my daughter and Dr. Vijay was nowhere to be found,â€ť a distraught father recollects. â€śDr. Vijay was just a BMS doctor (ayurvedic) and not a MBBS degree holder. The hospital lied to me that he was their paediatrician,â€ť he said. Eventually, the hospital admitted her and kept her there for a few hours without informing the parents of what had caused her condition. While the parents were grappling with the situation, the hospital forced them to move out with their daughter in the middle of the night, he said. He shifted her to Fortis hospital overnight and spent 2.5 lakhs on her treatment, but it was too late. Several trips to other speciality hospitals proved futile. A CT scan of her brain at the BGS hospital showed that her brain had suffered extensively due to an over-dosage of medicine. The incident occurred in August 2010 and now for four years later, Anukrushi lies on the bed still, with no physical movements. Her parentsâ€™ only solace is that their daughter is alive. â€śHer body is physically growing. She blinks her eyelids sometimes and she swallows semi-solid food. Doctors have no clue when she will recover from her coma,â€ť he choked. Gangaraju is a police constable at the Koramangala police station. He claims he has spent close to 20-25 lakhs for the treatment of his daughter and the expenses are ever increasing. He avails a few government schemes to buy medicines. He filed a criminal complaint against Dr. Vijay, Dr. Gandhi and another doctor but the case has barely progressed. â€śThe police demand the presence of all the three during investigation. But the all of them together donâ€™t appear on the given day, hence it is stalling the progress of this case and police isnâ€™t doing much about it,â€ť he said. The summons have been issued thrice against all the doctors and they are non-bailable warrants, yet they have not appeared before the police or the court. He has also filed a case in the consumer court which has made significant progress so far. He wants the guilty to be punished that ruined the life of his daughter but is unsure of how many years the case will prolong. But all he hopes for is that one day his daughter will call out his name.