Kin refuse to accept patient’s body, allege docs’ negligence

Jajarkot, August 9

The kin of a woman who died in course of treatment at the Mission Hospital in Pashchim Rukum’s Chaurjahari Municipality have refused to accept the body, blaming doctors’ negligence for the death.

Yasuda Malla Rawat, 28, of Kudu in Bheri Municipality, had been admitted to the hospital on August 2 for treatment. After she died at the hospital on Sunday, her kin accused the hospital of killing her with negligence in treatment. “They (the doctors) killed her by giving the wrong injection,” said Yasuda’s father-in-law Tikaram Rawat.

“After she was given the ninth injection, she had refused to take the next injection, complaining of dizziness and headache but the doctors administered her next injection and killed her,” he said.

After the woman became serious upon receiving 10th injection, she lost consciousness and had to be placed in the ICU ward. Later, the hospital called the kin and told them to fly the patient to a better health facility saying that she couldn’t be treated there. Though a helicopter the kin had reserved by paying up to 475,000 rupees had landed at Chaurjahari airport by 5:00pm on Sunday, the hospital had declared the patient dead.

Meanwhile, the body that has been kept in the hospital for the past five days has started giving off putrid smell, which has also affected treatment services at the hospital.

Frequent talks between the hospital administration and the kin of the dead patient have been inconclusive. The kin, who have sought compensation has accused the hospital of trying to deter them by using police.

The deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters. The kin has demanded that the hospital management take responsibility for the children’s education and their upkeep, pay the helicopter charges, provide reasonable compensation and punish the guilty doctors.

Hospital Deputy executive director Kapil Sharma has said both sides have agreed to form a probe committee.

“There was no negligence whatsoever in the treatment. Anyway, we’re ready to set up a probe committee and take action against anyone if found guilty,” he said, adding, “We’ve told the patient’s kin that we will talk about compensation once the probe is over, but the patient’s family members haven’t agreed and this has created a problem.”