Kolkata: A child, referred all the way from Siliguri to Kolkata for the treatment of dengue, has breathed her last at a private hospital at New Town.
Deceased Sayesha Banerjee (7) was a resident of Ashrampara in Siliguri. After Sayesha developed a fever last week, her parents got her admitted to the upscale private hospital Neotia Getwel Healthcare Centre in Siliguri.
According to the family, doctors at the hospital suspected that Sayesha was suffering from dengue and advised that the child be taken to their specialised child hospital Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre at New Town in Kolkata.
The family relied on the advice and Sayesha was brought to Kolkata and admitted to the New Town hospital in the evening of 15 September. Here, her condition deteriorated further and Sayesha breathed her last at 4.30 am today.
Following the death, Sayesha’s father accused the hospital of medical negligence and also misleading them on the course of treatment. He alleged that last evening the doctors told him to arrange blood platelet for Sayesha at the earliest.
On being told that he hardly has an idea as to from where to procure platelet in Kolkata, the doctors then assured him saying that the hospital will arrange the platelet. The father left the hospital with the assurance.
He received a call from the hospital at around 4 am today stating that Sayesha was critical. By the time the father reached the hospital, his daughter was dead. Upon enquiry, he found out that platelet had not been infused into her despite the doctors last night telling that it was an urgent requirement.
Responding to the allegation, the hospital administration maintained that there was no negligence either on the part of the doctors or the hospital. To ensure that there was no delay in the treatment, the doctors started treating Sayesha for dengue even before the NS1 antigen test report came. This is because the child was betraying all the symptoms of dengue, the hospital said.
Two senior specialist doctors attached to separate private hospitals in Kolkata, said on the conditions of anonymity, that they find it unwise that the child was referred to Kolkata all the way from Siliguri.
“Adequate rest is a must for dengue patients and in case of a minor, the need for rest is more. I fail to understand what prompted the Siliguri unit of the hospital group to make the child undertake the exhaustion of travelling such a distance (irrespective of the mode of travel) in such a fragile condition,” one of them said.