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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 19 April: RELATIVES of a four-month-old baby created ruckus at Apollo Hospital at EM Bypass this morning following the death of the baby due to alleged medical negligence.

The angry relatives broke a class door that leads to the reception of the hospital demanding that the two doctors who were treating the baby should be produced before them.

Abhijit Chakraborty of Joka on the southern fringes of Kolkata said that his baby daughter Kuheli was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 15 April for colonoscopy. She was referred from Joka ESI Hospital where she was taken for bleeding through the anus.

But Apollo Hospital allegedly did not offer any treatment on 15 April as doctors were not available because of Bengali New Year. The hospital then scheduled the colonoscopy for 17 April and kept the baby without food and water for over 24-hour as is reportedly required for the test.

Yet the colonoscopy was not performed on that day, and rather the same was rescheduled to yesterday. According to the bereaved father, prior to the test, his baby was administered high dose of anaesthesia that she could not withstand and she turned critical.

The doctors ~ gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka and pediatric surgeon Vaishali Ray Srivastava~ subsequently sent the baby to the intensive care unit, where she passed away today morning.

Soon after the hospital conveyed the news of the baby’s death, the family broke into anger alleging that the death has been caused by high dose of anaesthesia. The father of the baby lodged an FIR at Phoolbagan police station against the two doctors and the hospital authority.

Amid this, relatives who reached the hospital on hearing about the baby’s death, created a ruckus demanding that the two doctors be produced before them to offer an explanation as to why they started the colonoscopy after four days of admission and why high dose of anaesthesia was administered to the baby.

With the hospital staff bolting out the main door that leads to the in-patient wards, they broke a glass door. The vandalism could have been more severe but for a large posse of policemen who rushed in to the hospital and contained the angry mob.

The state health department has summoned the CEO of Apollo Hospital Rana Dasgupta tomorrow seeking an explanation over the entire episode. The hospital too has set up an internal probe against the two doctors.

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