When the bread earner of family gets disabled after medical negligence!

24 October, 2016


Oct 23,

Notice issued to 2 hospitals, 3 doctors

A 28-year- old youth has maintained through his counsel in a complaint to Chhattisgarh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (CSCDRC) that he was sole earner for his family and that he has become permanently disabled as a result of medical negligence. More than Rs 77 lakh has been demanded by the youth from two hospitals and three doctors.
Heritage Hospital, located at Devendra Nagar, Dr Sanjay Pandey, Ortho Specialist, Dr N Tiwari, Dr Aamir Hussain, who are two other doctors of Heritage Hospital, and also Shri Balaji Super Speciality Hospital, located at Dubey Colony, Mowa, are the non applicants in the complaint. CSCDRC sources told this newspaper that the complaint has been admitted and notice has been issued to the five non applicants. 
As per the complaint, the complainant youth is Arvind Bhardwaj, son of Baratu Bhardwaj, resident of Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar, Raipur. While riding on motorcycle he collided with a herd of cows and consequently fell down and suffered injury on the left leg knee. At Heritage Hospital, he was told after investigation that it was a case of minor fracture needing surgery and fixation of plate and that he would become healthy. The youth and his family members consented for treatment.
The surgery was done by the ortho specialist on April 27 last year and afterwards the patient youth complained of pain in left leg finger and also that it lacked movement. On the next day, the patient complained the same and also that the bandage was turning black. The specialist asked him to wait and told that checking would be done after the bandage is opened.
After bandage was opened on April 30 by the hospital staff of the specialist, continuous abnormal puss was observed on the place of injury and operation and also that two stitches remained open at the place of injury. The youth and his sister requested to contact the ortho specialist, but the hospital staff told that the specialist was on a 4 to 5 days stay outside Raipur.
Requests were made repeatedly for investigation and treatment of other specialist, but no attention was paid and it was told that the case was of the specialist Dr Pandey and he only would handle it. Dr N Tiwari, who was a different specialist, was given the duty of hospital round. He only enquired about the condition and moved away. The ortho specialist returned on May 5. The youth’s sister had medical knowledge and her request for puss culture test was admitted and it was told that report would take 3 to 4 days time, but Dr Hussain, Pathologist reported on May 5 incomplete, without doing proper investigation. 
The youth was kept admitted in the hospital for seventeen days and he underwent three operations. He was got discharged and admitted in Shri Balaji Hospital where his leg had to be amputated, the complaint maintained. The youth has further maintained that he used to earn by working in Sanjeevani Life Science, 
Durg-Rajnandgaon. His objectives were to serve his parents and to do several activities for the society. Getting married and living a happy life has become difficult for him.