Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Anaesthesia blunder confines woman to bed for nine years

Court Orders ₹32L Compensation For Negligence

Shraddha Shah, 32, was nursing dreams of motherhood when she was wheeled into the OT for cesarean section in 2009. She came out in a comatose state, never able to nurse her son and caress her elder daughter. Nine years later, the meaning of term ‘medical negligence’ comes to life as one watches Shraddha struggle with her life confined to a bed in a room. Never able to come out of the anesthesia dose, Shraddha remains paralysed having no ability to sit or stand.
Her crippled hands and legs twist out of exhaustion as her brother feeds her. Her incomprehensible blabber can only be decoded by her caretakers In an order on December 19, the Gujarat State Consumer Dispute redressal Commission acknowledged this life interrupted as it ordered two local doctors to pay a compensation of Rs 32 lakh for their carelessness and negligence. The court also came down heavily on doctors for “commercialization of profession”.
The commission ordered gynecologist Dr Nilesh Trivedi and anesthetist Dr Himanshu Patel to compensate now 41-year old Shraddha from Odhav area who became a cripple after incomplete reversal from anesthesia administered during surgery during childbirth.

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