The family alleged that the infant received O positive blood during a blood transfusion, even though the right blood group was A positive.

Infant dies at Hyds Niloufer Hospital after alleged negligence kin stage protestImage for representation
news Protest Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 08:29

Tension prevailed at the state-run Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad after alleged medical negligence by doctors during blood transfusion led to the death of a three-month-old baby.

Angered by the baby's death, the family of the infant staged a protest at the premises of the hospital and also filed a police complaint.

In his complaint to the Nampally police, the Infant’s father, identified as M Mahesh, said that his baby was admitted to the hospital on April 6 and received O positive blood during the transfusion on April 15 even though the right blood group was A positive.

As the protest got tense, Nampally SI Pramod Reddy told ToI "A team of cops had to be deployed and senior officials also visited the hospital to bring the situation under control."

However, the hospital Superintendent said that the infant was suffering from Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) due which several complications arose, including an infection.

According to reports, the hospital authorities also said that since blood groups in infants (up to six-months) was not constant, O positive blood was transfused. 

Speaking to reporters, Telangana Health minister C Laxma Reddy said, “The doctors did their best and provided treatment. However, because of the disease Dhruvan was suffering from made him vulnerable to infections, chances of his survival had slimmed down."

The minister also said that he had ordered for a committee of experts to be formed, to conduct an enquiry and ascertain the exact reason for the infant's death.

A police case has already been registered under Section 336 (negligently endangering life or safety of others) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Allegations of medical negligence are not new at Niloufer hospital, as in February last year, five mothers died in a single week, while delivering their babies at the hospital.

The deaths occurred between January 28 and February 4 and all the patients who died, had undergone a C-section surgery. 

Five months later, an inquiry committee concluded that substandard drugs were the cause of the maternal deaths.

The committee held one Haseeb Pharmaceuticals responsible for supplying the substandard drugs. 


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