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Chaos at RN Tagore hospital after 14-year-old dies

Kolkata: A chaos broke out at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) in Mukundapur on Friday night after family members of a patient who died in the hospital brought charges of negligence against the private hospital authorities.
The victim has been identified as Anindita Mondol (14). She was a resident of Sonarpur's Kamdabad Bhoumik Park in South 24-Parganas. A student of Class IX at an English-medium school in the same area, she had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for the past two months. The patient had a gall bladder stone. Her family members lodged a complaint with the local police station following the incident.
They brought charges of negligence against a particular doctor whose wrong treatment might have led to the death of the patient, alleged the family. The private hospital has, however, denied any negligence on their part.
The hospital authorities said the patient was taken to the hospital with stones in the gall bladder and bile duct, for which ERCP was attempted. The bile duct could not be cannulated so the stent could not be placed and the stones could not be removed. The patient then developed bile leak inside the abdomen for which she underwent open surgery to remove the gall bladder and control the leak.
According to the hospital authorities, the patient was stable after surgery, but after a few days she developed acute respiratory distress. As a result of this, she had to be put on ECMO which is an advanced life support system. She was successfully weaned off the ECMO when her lungs recovered.
A spokesperson of RTIICS said she then developed an abscess inside her abdomen for which she underwent another surgery. She was kept under intensive care for several weeks as she was showing recurrent and persistent signs of sepsis. All necessary measures were taken to control the intra-abdominal infection caused by the bile. Despite that, she did not recover from the infection and developed multi-organ failure as a result of the infection and succumbed to it.
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