‘Treatment to baby girl was carried out after written consent from her father’
Srinagar, Dec 16: The private hospital here, who has come under criticism after a family alleged negligence by the doctors there, issued a statement on Wednesday, claiming that the treatment to the baby girl was carried out after written consent from the father of the child.
“This is in reference to the news reported by some media sections and in social media about postoperative complications suffered by a baby patient at ASG Hospital Qamarwari more than twenty months back in April 2019. It is pertinent to mention here that the said baby was anesthetized for a minor therapeutic/diagnostic procedure at the said hospital by a qualified team of experts after taking due written consent from father of the child with all possible anesthetic risks explained,” a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) by the private hospital administration said.
The statement reads that the patient was anesthetized and the procedure was completed smoothly and shifted to the recovery as per standards with stable vitals. “However, in the postoperative period patients developed doubtful seizures in the recovery area as a postanesthetic complication. In the interest of better patient care by pediatric intensivists PICU unit of SKIMS Soura was contacted by the doctors of ASG Hospital and bed kept ready for the baby. Baby was soon shifted to SKIMS PICU in an ambulance accompanied by an anesthesiologist and technologist. Baby was immediately diagnosed as a case of postoperative seizures and managed as per protocol at SKIMS Soura.”
It added that after discharge from SKIMS attendants of patient intended to shift patients for further management at PGI Chandigarh and asked hospitals to sponsor travel, boarding and treatment costs on humanitarian grounds which was accepted by hospital and even hospital staff member accompanied them to PGI in order to facilitate treatment of baby without hardships. “After that hospital supported them financially for follow up visits outside the state purely on humanitarian grounds.”
The statement further reads that as it is a known fact that complications are possible during and after every anesthesia and surgery, more so in extremes of age and they being unpredictable can’t be avoided every time, a proper written consent explaining all possible complications is always taken before such procedures.
“In spite of all this, the hospital and its staff always cooperated with the family in the interest of the baby’s health. Unfortunately a few weeks back the family of the said baby approached hospital for undue compensation to the tune of “crores” of rupees which was not acceptable. In response to this the family members of said baby are trying to pressurize hospital authorities by all other possible means which are improper and unacceptable. Above all everyone wants the baby to do well & pray to almighty Allah that she is bestowed with good health. She was & is precious to us. Allah bless her,” the statement reads—(KNO)