Anaesthesia overdose: Docs booked for negligence

Anaesthesia overdose: Docs booked for negligence

Police have booked unnamed doctors at the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics here for negligence on a complaint filed by the father of three-year-old Mariyam Kousar who is battling for life following brain damage due to an alleged overdose of anaesthesia. 

In a complaint at the Tilak Nagar police station on Friday, Mudassir said his daughter’s condition became critical after doctors at the hospital “failed” to treat her properly. He demanded strict action against those responsible for his daughter’s condition. 

“We have booked a case under Section 279 (negligence to endanger human life) of IPC against the hospital staff. We have sought details about doctors on duty that day. Also, we have sought certain information from the Karnataka Medical Council and the hospital’s medical board. Suitable action will be action after going through these details,” said the police inspector on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Kousar remains critical. She is on a ventilator at Malathi Manipal Hospital in Jayanagar, and survives on assisted respiration. “She tries to take shallow gasps of breath in between,” said Dr Shivakumar who is currently treating her. He said the child had fever on Thursday, which could be associated with other infections. “We are yet to assess the cause of fever.” 

Hospital sources also said the child might undergo Tracheotomy, a procedure to create an opening through the neck into windpipe. A tube is placed through this opening to provide an airway and to remove secretions from the lungs. 

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