Hyderabad: Close to 500 parents from across the city held a silent protest at Dharna Chowk on Saturday evening against the alleged negligence by Olive Hospital, Mehdipatnam, which eventually led to the death of nine-year-old Hardik Jena on January 27.
The protest was led by Hardik's parents and saw the participation of friends, relatives and members of various parents associations, including the Glendale Academy Parents Association. Hardik was a Class III student of the Glendale Academy International School.
Protesters held a silent march and lit candles in memory of Hardik. They also signed a petition demanding fair and proper investigation into Hardik's death within a definite time-frame, handing over of all medical records, including the post-mortem report, to the parents and strict action against doctors and the hospital staff. The representation will be submitted to Venkateshwar Rao, deputy commissioner of police (West Zone).
The unfortunate incident took place last month when, while playing within the school premises, Hardik slipped and fell, suffering a cut when a piece of glass pierced his right hand. Soon after, the school authorities, with the help of his parents, shifted him to Olive Hospital, where the doctors recommended a surgery.
"But despite the injury being serious, the doctors did not attend to him immediately and delayed the surgery. Then during the procedure, we fear that the doctors gave him an anaesthesia overdose that may have led to his death," Ashish Jena, Hardik's father, said.
Reiterating the parents' stand, those part of Saturday's gathering demanded a thorough probe into the case. "A cut on the hand cannot lead to anybody's death. The hospital has been negligent in this case. What's worse is that even after two weeks, there has been no investigation and no documents have been shared with the parents so far," said Seema Agarwal, a parent who took part in the protest.
Based on the complaint filed by Hardik's parents, a case was filed at the Langer Houz police station under Section 304 A (negligence causing death) of the IPC. "To identify if it was negligence on part of the hospital, we have sought expertise from other doctors. We will begin probe into the matter only when we get report from the experts," said Venkateshwar Rao.
Despite the injury being serious, the doctors did not attend to him immediately and delayed the surgery. Then during the procedure, we fear that the doctors gave him an anaesthesia overdose that may have led to his death
- Ashish Jena, Hardik's father