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Jaslok in the dock

Father files complaint against the SoBo hospital, alleging that a wrong blood transfusion killed his daughter

On Thursday, Narendra Makhijani's world came crashing down.

His 21 year-old daughter Deepti Makhijani, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in August, and had subsequently undergone two rounds of chemotherapy at Jaslok Hospital, died on December 8, due to what Makhijani alleges was sheer negligence on the hospital's part.


Narendra Makhijani holds out a photo of his daughter,
Deepti, who died last Thursday at Jaslok Hospital


According to Makhijani, Deepti was given a wrong blood transfusion, which resulted in her death. The aggrieved father filed a police complaint with the Gamdevi police station yesterday.

Deepti, an employee of Google in Hyderabad and a former student of KC College, Churchgate, was admitted to Jaslok hospital on August 9, where she received her first dose of chemotherapy under Dr Advani's treatment.
 
She was discharged on September 3 and re-admitted on September 27, for her second round of treatment. On October 5, during the course of a blood transfusion, Deepti alerted the nurse on duty that she was experiencing pain, which the nurse allegedly ignored.

"When my daughter told me that she was feeling pain, I checked the blood bag and to my shock, saw that she was being given B positive blood, instead of A positive, which is her blood group," Makhijani told Sunday MiD DAY.

Makhijani wrote a complaint to the hospital Medical Director S K Mohanty, who issued an apology letter (a copy of which is with SMD).

On October 12, Deepti informed her father that blood had splattered on the bed. "When I went to check, I realised that the needle was not fixed properly because of which half the blood in the bag had leaked onto the bed," said Makhijani, who made a note of this in the police complaint. Deepti was discharged October 20 and readmitted on November 11.

"This time round, my daughter was in a lot of pain. When we informed Dr Advani, he increased her dose of painkillers.

Her stomach swelled up, and we took her for a sonography. Another doctor we consulted advised that she be admitted immediately to the ICU, but Dr Advani ignored that," Makhijani also stated in his complaint.

When contacted Mohanty said, "Before the B positive blood could even be transfused, it was brought to our notice that the patient was A positive.

The transfusion was stopped and not even five ml of blood was transfused into the patient's body. We have counselled the nurse. I cannot comment further, as the treatment was being done under Dr Advani and he would be in a better position to talk."

Advani remained unavailable for comment despite repeated calls and text messages.

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