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Hospital slapped Rs 48 lakh compensation on account of Oxygen Toxicity leading to Blindness in infant


Hospital slapped Rs 48 lakh compensation on account of Oxygen Toxicity leading to Blindness in infant

Jaipur: The Rajasthan consumer commission on Friday imposed a penalty of Rs 48 lakh on a private hospital after a newborn had lost eyesight due to medical negligence.

A bench of Kamal Kumar Bagri and Meena Mehta gave the order on a plea by Anup Yadav against Sanjeevani Hospital in Kotputli town — around 110 km north of Jaipur.

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In his complaint, Yadav alleged that his son was born premature and the hospital staff gave oxygen more than the prescribed limit, which contracted the retina of the eyes and led to blindness. Family members consulted other doctors but the problem was declared untreatable, a statement said.

TOI reports that as per the case, the wife of the petitioner was admitted to Sanjivani Hospital situated at Kothputli on August 30, 2014, when she was told that the infant was underweight. Thereafter, the infant was administered oxygen. In such cases, the oxygen administered should be 21 per cent. However, it was around 30 per cent in this case. “Due to excess oxygen, the infant got retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in which retina shrinks. Thereafter, the child was shifted to Kailash Hospital and various other hospitals where it was declared that the child has a damaged retina and would be visually impaired forever,” the petitioner said in the complaint.

The bench found the hospital guilty of negligence and ordered the hospital management to pay Rs 48 lakh as compensation to the family. Out of this, Rs 10 lakh is on account of Interest. Of the remaining, the court ordered that Rs 35 lakh be converted into a fixed deposit for the child which would be matured after the child reaches 18 years of age, pointing out that the compensation was for the child’s upbringing and education.

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  1. It was really a absurd decision of consumer court, I read this whole judgement,in court says if premature suffering from respiratory distress syndrome of premature baby,the court says that oxygen should be given 21% instead of 30%. The patient took the LAMA after 7day of indoor but court don\’t consider even LAMA and court says ROP screening should be done within 7 days of life and don\’t consider any medical literature….it was total anti medical fraternity judgement!!!

  2. I understand that a simple Retinoscopy on discharge will pick up this condition at a treatable stage . And is now mandated as per protocol .
    Importance of a check list protocol is emphasised . this report is sad.. and the reaction needs to be measured by improvement .

    Dr Chandran

    Dr Chandran

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    Dr Manish Mannan March 3, 2019, 3:14 pm

    Unbelievable. If the child had died for lack of oxygen they would have penalized the hospital for not having given oxygen. ROP is a known complication of prematurity. This will probably be overturned in higher court.

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    Pranab Kumar De March 3, 2019, 3:01 pm

    I failed to understand the 21% & 30% chakkar. Please someone explain.

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    Dr RAMESHVARDHAN March 3, 2019, 2:58 pm

    ONE OF THE MAIN RESION FOR STRONG FOOTHOLD OF KARNATAKA IS THE NAME , THE SURNAMES , BRAND , THE STYLE AND PHOTOS THEY DISPLAY IN THEIR DAVAKHANAS ( CLINICS). TRIPLE ADVANTAGE . SUCH PEOPLE ARE WELL PROTECTED NOT ONLY FOR THEIR QUCKERY AND IN ANY OTHER FIELDS , STARTING FROM CASTIEST COMMUNAL POLITICIANS & THE CUNNING CARELESS CORRUPT BABUS THE BUEROCRATES AND EVEN THE HELPLESS PUBLIC HAVE NO CURRAGE OR CONFIDENT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEM.