No medical negligence; family apprised of bill: Fortis

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The little girl named Adya, however, could not survive. The details of the treatment and the charges levied by the hospital need to be ascertained.

It all started with a post on Twitter by the bereaved father's friend on November 17. "They pumped a seven-year-old with an average of 40 syringes a day", the friend said. Billed 18 lakhs including for 2700 gloves.

"When she passed away, we thought at least the doctors tried everything", Jayant said. "We will take all the necessary actions", the minister said on Twitter.

Health secretary Preeti Sudan has asked for an action-taken report within two weeks.

Jayant Singh described the stay at Fortis as "hellish from the beginning", according to News18. Adya was shifted to Fortis on August 31 after she was diagnosed with type IV dengue. Her family said they had rushed her to Rockland Hospital in Dwarka two days later when the fever did not abate. "She did not show any sign of recovery for even a day", he alleged. However, later they opted for a more expensive version of the same drug, which cost Rs 3,100, he said. He said that he suspected his daughter had already died in Fortis and they were keeping them there only to make more money. During the weekends, there were doctors to attend to her. The total bill for the 15-day duration of hospitalisation was Rs 15,79,322.

However, when the doctors proposed a full-body plasma transplant (a procedure to remove, treat and return blood plasma), despite the brain damage, the family began to question the treatment.

The family then chose to take their daughter to another hospital. Other users also commented on the situation, adding that they had been at the receiving end of the hospital's dismal attitude. However, her condition worsened and Rockland suggested Singh take her to a bigger hospital. Singh added that the family had to request another hospital to take her in just to declare her dead. The hospital put Adya on ventilation due to a progressive fall in her platelet count.

They denied any form of wrongdoing and said, "We empathise with Baby Adya's family in this hard hour of sorrow and grief".

The case relates to the death in September of the dengue patient who was admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, a multi super-speciality care hospital.

The statement further mentioned that the family was being informed about the critical condition of their child and the poor prediction in this apart of the process, the hospital authorities counselled the family everyday on the condition of the child. At the time of admission, the child's condition was serious and deteriorating. "On 14th September, 2017, family made a decision to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA - Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day", it said. The hospital had yesterday claimed that an itemised bill "spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family" at the time of their departure from the hospital. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols.



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