Admitted for loose motion, Mariam ended up in ICU
OT, February 6, 2012 09:33 IST
Okhla Times Health Reporter/Julena and AFE
When six-month-old Mariam Taj was unwell, she was rushed to the Holy Family Hospital, nearby Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). She responded well to the initial treatment and within days her conditions improved. After treating her for loose motion, doctors shifted her to an adult ward ten days ago. It is here that her health started deteriorating, according to her father Md Tajuddin, a resident of Abul Fazal Enclave.
He told OKHLA TIMES that due to doctors' negligence that her daughter's life was endangered. "After quick recovery she was shifted to an adult ward, not paediatric ward, It was here that she got breathing problem. For days she spent her time in Intensive-Care Unit (ICU) and we were really worried. Now she is fine."
He said his wife had started fretting since Mariam was shifted to adult ward as there was another elderly patient in the ward who had breathing problem. The parents claimed that it was because of this interaction that their daughter's health conditions got complicated.
However, Sister Filomina, Nursing Director of Holy Family Hospital, denies such allegations. She said: "As breathing disease is not a contagious one we are not ready to buy this argument. The child suffered breathlessness because of loose motion and dehydration."
Deeply upset, the parents also accused the hospital of over charging them. "When my daughter was admitted for dehydration, doctors had given me an estimate of Rs 5,000. But now after more than a week of treatment they want me to fork out Rs 26,000."
He said it makes no sense to pay so much of money for a minor disease and asked for some discount. Initially the hospital administration was unwilling to budge to his demand. But later on they gave him Rs 8,000 discount.
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