Drug reaction may have caused death, says DMO; relatives protest at hospital

The family of the girl who died on Wednesday, allegedly due to negligence on the part of doctors and officials at the Karuvelipady Government Hospital, on Thursday staged a protest in front of the hospital.

The body of Aishwarya, 18, daughter of Sudheer of Pullikka Parambu House, Eda Kochi, was taken by her relatives to the hospital where locals too joined them. The demonstration caused a major traffic logjam in the area. The family alleged that the girl was administered up to six injections on Monday when she was admitted to the hospital. However, she had to be shifted to a private hospital on Tuesday after she collapsed.

Meanwhile, the Thoppumpaddy police registered a case after the girl’s relatives lodged a complaint alleging negligence on the part of the hospital authorities.

The police recorded the statements of the girl’s relatives and registered a case. They also said that a probe was on.

District Medical Officer N.K. Kuttappan told The Hindu that the initial report submitted by the hospital superintendent had said that the death was perhaps due to drug reaction. The girl was administered a dose of Ceftriaxone after a test dose. However, the full dose seemed to have created the problem, he added.

This seems to be a rare occurrence of a drug reaction, which may not be reflected in the test dose, Dr. Kuttappan said, adding that the hospital superintendent had said that the girl was a chronic asthma patient.

Terming it an unfortunate incident, corporation councillor Valsala S. said that details were awaited. “Incidentally, I was once admitted to the same hospital with chest infection and was administered the same medicine,” she added.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/family-alleges-medical-negligence-in-girls-death/article22696387.ece