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My daughter died due to negligence: Father

Family was informed of child’s critical condition, says hospital

NEW DELHI: Days after his nine-year-old daughter passed away at BL Kapur Super Speciality Hospital in Karol Bagh, where she had undergone a bone marrow transplant, Neeraj Garg alleged that negligence on the part of the hospital authorities.
"My daughter underwent a transplant (bone marrow) at the hospital. After a few days, she fell sick, faced breathing problems and severe headache. Doctors continued to say that all this is normal," Garg told reporters.
He further said that the doctors had asked for his daughter Deeva to be shifted to the ventilator and called it a normal process.
"A few days later, doctors said that they will have to shift her to ICU as she had some infection.
"What was most shocking was when the doctors said now she will have to be shifted to a ventilator because of breathing issues. They told us not to worry as this was a normal process," said Garg.
Putting the blame of his daughter's death on the hospital, the emotional father stated, "On November 25, my daughter passed away. Our daughter will never come back now. I want an answer from the hospital. They are at fault."
Garg also accused the hospital of presenting inflated bills.
Meanwhile, in its statement, authorities at BL Kapur Super Speciality Hospital replied that it is incorrect to say that the family was not informed or counselled about the critical condition of the child.
The statement said that the family and a close relative, who also happens to be a doctor and was present most of the time with the parents, were in fact regularly counselled.
The statement reads: "Despite all our best efforts, the child unfortunately succumbed to the complications on November 25, 2017. It is submitted that Neutropenic Enterocolitis is a dreaded complication with very high mortality."
"It is important to mention that Neutropenic Enterocolitis is an endogenous infection due to migration of gut-flora to blood stream and is not a hospital acquired infection.
The child was diagnosed to be suffering from Post-BMT Neutropenic Enterocolitis, Refractive Septic Shock, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Multi-Organ-Dysfunction Syndrome," the statement added.
The hospital strenuously denied media reports that the mortal remains of the child were held back for want of payment of bills.
At no point of time was the family forced to settle the dues before the handover of the body, the authorities said, adding that there was no delay in handing over the mortal remains of the child to the family.

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