BENGALURU: Family members of a baby girl have accused the BBMP Referral Hospital, Srirampura, of medical negligence. The child was born on January 24 at the civic body's hospital and died on Sunday in another hospital.
The child was first referred to KC General Hospital on the third day after her birth and then to Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health. She succumbed to an aggravated strain of jaundice.

According to Dr Nirmala Buggi, chief health officer (clinical), BBMP, it was a normal delivery. "There is no medical negligence. On the third day, the baby developed jaundice and was referred to another hospital. From there, she was referred to another hospital as her condition was aggravating fast. After getting treated there for 24 hours, the child succumbed. It was a case of congenital haemolytic anaemia. Normally, cases of jaundice don't aggravate so fast," she said. 

Sriramapuram police said Suneetha, mother of baby, and her relatives alleged that the child died due to negligence in treatment at the BBMP hospital. Later, the officials concerned convinced them that there was no negligence. "We have not registered any negligence case against the BBMP hospital or its doctor," police said. 

Dr Bharathi J P, one of three BBMP paediatricians who treated the child initially, said the girl did not respond well to photo therapy, the first line of treatment in jaundice, which is when they referred her to another hospital. 

"Treatment of exchange transfusion was given at Indira Gandhi hospital from January 27 night, but it seems the baby couldn't withstand it. The condition of congenital haemolytic anaemia occurs when there are some aggravated factors with the patient or an abnormality with red blood cells," she said.

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