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Regional Cancer Centre to keep girl’s medical records

Published Apr 13, 2018, 1:59 am IST
Updated Apr 13, 2018, 1:59 am IST
Regional Cancer Centre
 Regional Cancer Centre

KOCHI: The High Court on Thursday  directed the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Thiruvananthapuram,  to preserve the blood sample and medical records of the 10-year old girl, a native of Harippad,  who died on Wednesday.    The court issued the order on a petition filed by the mother of the  child, who was suspected to have  contracted HIV infection after blood transfusion during her treatment at the RCC.

The petitioner said  medical negligence of the RCC officials had  resulted in the death of her daughter and that such negligence is a violation of the principle of right to life. The girl child suffering from leukaemia was HIV-negative   when she was admitted to  the RCC. She was reported HIV-positive after the blood transfusion held at  RCC using the blood from the RCC blood bank. The tests conducted in other labs after the controversy erupted also confirmed the HIV- positive status.

The girl was discharged from the RCC in November 2017 and she used to visit Alappuzha Medical College for change of blood. A student of the third standard,  she died in the medical college hospital on Wednesday morning. The RCC officials denied the possibility of HIV infection and stated that a test of the blood samples held at a lab in Chennai had shown no signs of HIV infection. The RCC sent  the blood sample for a second test to  a lab in Delhi and is waiting for the results. The death of the girl took place before the result was available. 

Location: India, Kerala


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