Bengaluru: Abhinav Verma is distraught as he waits to collect his 57-year-old mother's medical papers from a private hospital on Bannerghatta Road, where she died due to multiple organ failure on July 3.
Later he takes to social media to allege medical negligence and wrongful behaviour by the hospital staff. “I lost my mother who was fit and fine till May 13, before her admission to the Fortis hospital. Now, I am fighting for justice. On May 13, we went to the hospital for removal of a 5 mm gall bladder stone, which hardly takes 45 minutes of surgery,” he said.
He claimed that each and every report and parameters tested by the hospital such as WBC, RBC, haemoglobin, platelets, bilirubin, creatinine all were normal. “Her lungs, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas all the vital organs were working fine when she got admitted,” he asserted.
The family alleges that her condition began to worsen only after the Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography.
“The doctor was having 0.5 per cent doubt that there was a symptom of cancer and hence to rule it out he asked us to undergo this procedure. The biopsy report later confirmed that there were no symptoms of cancer. However, after this procedure, her body got adversely affected and she was in immense pain,” he added. Furthermore, the family alleged that the hospital increased the ICU stay, which went on to 50 days.
The family also alleged that the hospital was not giving them any documents.
“They are not giving us any document as they had promised us in writing earlier and we are still waiting for the same. We want to know about the medication as well,” said Arun Verma Anvastha, the husband of the deceased.
We did our best: Hospital
In a media statement, the hospital spokesperson claimed, “As a responsible hospital we have done everything required with the consent of the patient's family. The patient was admitted with the diagnosis of acute cholecystitis with symptoms of periampullary carcinoma, which has a poor prognosis. The condition was appropriately managed by a highly skilled multidisciplinary team at all times. The patient developed complications, which are inherent to such procedures and despite the best treatment and efforts by our doctors, she could not be saved. We understand the grief of the bereaved family and our condolences go out to them.”