34-year-old loses forearm, FIR ordered against hospital

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Gurgaon: A private hospital located in the Dundahera area of Gurgaon has been booked for alleged medical negligence on the directions of a local court. The hospital and its doctors have been accused of negligence during the abortion of a 34-year-old woman, whose left forearm had to be amputated following an infection.
Vinita, the victim, and her husband Sarfaraz said that though they had approached police and the health department, no action was taken against the doctors. With no option left, they finally approached the court of judicial magistrate first class Harsh Kumar Singh, who on Friday directed the SHO of the Udyog Vihar police station to file an FIR and submit a copy of the same by July 29.
Vinita, who works as a domestic staff, went to the little-known Park Hospital — not the one in Sector 47 near South City II — for abortion on April 23. After the abortion, she was administered an antibiotic injection that allegedly caused a reaction due to which her left forearm turned black within few days.
“We went to the hospital again but were told by the doctors there that the reaction was due to an infection. We were subsequently referred to Delhi’s RML Hospital for an ultrasound scan. But by that time, the infection had spread so much that her left forearm had to be amputated to save her life,” Sarfaraz told TOI.
A driver by profession, Sarfaraz lost his job last year due to the pandemic. And being the only breadwinner for the family, Vinita was unable to go to work. It was then that Pure Hearts, an NGO came forward and arranged for her medical treatment at a private hospital in Delhi.
Dr Mathew Verghese, who conducted the surgery for free at St Stephen’s Hospital, said, “It was distressing to see the immense trauma suffered by this woman. Though the loss of limb was unavoidable, my team endeavoured to facilitate her optimum recovery.”
The couple made rounds of the local police station and thye district health department. Finally, with support from the NGO, they approached the court. “While her life will not be the same again after losing her forearm, the least that can be done is to compensate her for the loss of livelihood and inconvenience caused due to the hospital’s negligence,” said her lawyers, Ambika Yadav and Rachna Bakhru.
“I visited the hospital for abortion and due to the negligence of the doctors, my life changed forever. I have two small kids, nobody should face such things,” said Vinita.
Despite repeated attempts, Park Hospital authorities could not be contacted.
Credit Source – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/34-year-old-loses-forearm-fir-ordered-against-hospital/articleshow/84719920.cms

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