Dhulikhel hospital admits mistake in patient’s death

Kavre, March 1

The kin of a woman who died in Dhulikhel Community Hospital yesterday night accused doctors of neglecting the patient.

Subhadra Mahat, 42, of Sunthan, Panauti Municipality, died while undergoing treatment for gall bladder stone at the health facility.

Bereaved family members charged that Subhadra died due to doctors’ negligence.

Organising a press meet today, the family demanded action against the guilty.

Issuing a press statement today, the hospital management admitted the mistake.

Mahat, who was admitted to the hospital due to excessive bleeding during menstruation and blood deficiency, died at around 10:00pm yesterday night.

The deceased’s son Ashok said that irresponsible doctors and the hospital’s negligence had led to the death of his mother. “My mother, who came walking to the hospital two days ago, was killed by the hospital on the third day,” Ashok charged.

According to Ashok, the patient died as she was left at the mercy of trainees. “This is the height of doctors’ negligence. The incident occurred when trainee nurses injected the patient with blood,” he added.

He said the patient underwent surgery on Sunday and was looking healthy till Monday. The deceased’s attendant daughter-in-law alleged that the patient was left to students from a medical college and she was taken to another room without any information.

Dr Abha Hada, who was involved in the treatment said anaphylactic reaction during blood transfusion had caused the problem. “Immediately after the problem was seen, multiple efforts were made, but all went in vain,” Dr Hada said.

Pradumna Shrestha, administration chief, admitted that an error had occurred in the course of treatment. “After surgery, it was seen that the patient’s blood lacked hemoglobin. While injecting blood to the patient, anaphylactic reaction took place causing the patient’s death,” the statement read.

After the hospital management admitted the mistake and offered an apology, the family members took the body. No compensation, however, was sought by the kin.