New Delhi: A seven-month-old baby suffering from brain abscess or a pocket of pus in the brain died after three government-run hospitals refused to give admission.
Her parents even knocked on the door of High Court and filed a petition to admit her in the Safdarjung Hospital on September 3. Then, where she had to undergo an operation on the same day, but unfortunately died a few hours later.
On August 17, the baby was taken to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital’s emergency department. She was suffering from fever, vomiting, seizures, along with altered sensorium or an inability to think clearly.
The next day, the baby was referred to a higher centre for proper healthcare management in the city. She was admitted to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar (BSA) Hospital located at Rohini. The doctors gave her antibiotics, fluids, and anticonvulsants for the seizures.
The doctors over there suggested for neurosurgery after conducting an ultrasound of her brain. Then the family for was asked to approach hospitals such as Ram Manohar Lohia (RML), Kalawati Saran, and Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya for neurosurgery.
The family without any delay approached RML, Safdarjung, Gobind Ballabh Pant, and Kalawati Saran Hospitals, but they were denied to get her admitted in these hospitals.
Meanwhile, the baby has still admitted BSA Hospital for the next three days without any kind of treatment, despite the authorities pleading their helplessness to perform the surgery.
Then a computed tomography (CT) scan, was done from a private diagnostic laboratory after four days while she was admitted to the BSA Hospital. The CT scan showed that she developed a brain abscess.
Due to her condition getting worsened each passing time, the BSA officials decided to shift her to a better healthcare facility. An ambulance was provided for her along with a resident doctor.
But, both RML and GB Pant Hospital denied her and she was again brought back to BSA Hospital.
Her parents moved from pillar to post and even reached Delhi High Court which ensured her admission to Safdarjung Hospital on September 3. Then she was operated on the same day, but she passed away during the surgical procedure.
Safdarjung Hospital authorities stated in their affidavit that they never refused admission to the patient. Also, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, claimed that they did not have the facilities for the surgery.
The authorities at the RML hospital said that baby was given “proper medical assistance by the attending staff” and later she was referred to paediatric neurosurgery emergency, where she was denied for admission.
The court has directed the authorities of RML Hospital to file another affidavit to explain the discrepancy in their statement.