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Six years after 10-yr-old girl's death, FIR against hospital for negligence

NEW DELHI: Six years ago, when Pramod Kumar Chowdhary took his daughter to a private hospital in Central Delhi's Ranjit Nagar, little did he know that medical negligence would cost him his daughter's life.
10-year-old Ritu lost the battle of her life, after she was allegedly treated with wrong medication for dengue.
Desperate to get justice for his daughter, Pramod kept on knocking the doors of the judiciary and, six years later, the police finally registered an FIR against the hospital and the two doctors responsible for Ritu's treatment for causing death by negligence.
Chowdhary, an employee of New Delhi Municipal Council, recalled the horror on Wednesday, saying "The doctors started the treatment of my daughter and kept her on heavy antibiotics while she suffered from dengue.
"I got her admitted on October 21, 2011 in the hospital. Instead of health improving, her condition deteriorated with each passing day. My child started developing complications after some injections were given to her."
After the condition of the girl worsened, doctors at the private hospital referred her to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
On 25 October, 2011 the girl was transferred to RML Hospital, but she died a day later due to multiple organ failure.
"I did not sit idle and decided to sue the doctors and the hospital for medical negligence. I filed an RTI with various hospitals to know what medication is given if a patient suffers from dengue. The information I got was different from the medicines that were given to my daughter.
"This shows their gross negligence. It was then that I decided to move the court and bring the negligent doctors to book."
Having approached the court with all necessary documents, a Delhi court on August 20 this year ordered Delhi Police to file a criminal case against the accused within three months.
"We have registered an FIR under section 304 A/34 of the Indian Penal Court, after the court's order on November 17. We will take all necessary action," said a senior police officer.
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