Doctors' negligence cost my son's life, rues father

Doctors' negligence cost my son's life, rues father

The death of three-year-old Shirish at the hands of doctors treating him for a simple dental pro­b­lem is shrouded in myst­e­r­y.

The boy reportedly suffered cardiac arrest twice at Annayya Hospital and the doctors rushed him to Garden City Hospital as they were not equipped to handle the condition.

“We were shocked when his death was announced at Garden City Hospital. He was dead at Annayya Hospital and they kept us in the dark about my son’s death,” Shirish’s father Lokesh said. “I lost my son as I approached some foolish doctors at a local hospital,” he rued.

The parents said they did not understand why Shirish was taken to Jayanagar when St John’s Hospital was close by. They pleaded with the doctors to shift him to another hospital if they were unable to treat him.

“They gave him around 20 injections in a span of three hours. They kept us in the dark and kept claiming that his condition was normal. They told us around 1 pm that his chances of survival was just 10 per cent and took a decision to shift him,” Asha, the boy’s mother said. “I never imagined I would bring his body back when I left home,” she added.

“It’s a grave negligence by doctors. The boy who is taken to a hospital for treatment of a dental disorder dies later due to negligence mirrors the gravity of the situation,” said Jayanagar police inspector S K Umesh.

They knew of dire consequences and decided to shift him to hospital far off from HSR Layout. It’s a crime on their part, he added.

The jurisdictional police said the hospital had started operations recently. It was not well-equipped and had no ICU facility. The doctors should have updated the parents about the boy’s condition. The police would probe the circumstances that compelled them to administer to him an overdose of anaesthesia, the police said.

Commenting on the incident, a few doctors admitted negligence while treating the boy. The doctors should have considered the boy’s condition before doing so.

Though such incidents are on the rise, doctors would be innocent in most circumstances. Such incidents normally take place in low and medium-level hospitals where doctors without expertise treat patients, they added.

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