Dengue death at Fortis: Family alleges being overcharged, govt seeks reply

dengue death at fortis family alleges being overcharged govt seeks reply

Demanding thorough probe, the parents of seven-year-old, who succumbed to dengue on September 14 at Gurugram’s Fortis hospital alleged that they were allowed to take their child’s body only after they paid Rs 16 lakhs.

“I want to appeal for an investigation and if any changes are required in the laws, they should be made. Would not like other people to suffer like we did,” Father of the victim, Jayant Singh, who lives in Dwarka in south west Delhi told news agency ANI.

He said that the hospital even billed Rs 900 as the cost of a hospital gown she was forced to wear as a result while being taken from Fortis to another hospital where the death certificate was issued.

“They kept putting off an MRI on the pretext that she would have to be taken off ventilator… Finally, the MRI showed 70-80 percent brain damage… They said no death certificate would be issued if we left the hospital, as it would be ‘leave against medical advice’. At this stage, a doctor approached my wife and offered to do a full-body plasma transplant for Rs 15-20 lakh,” he said as reported by Indian Express.

Acting swiftly, Health Minister JP Nadda assured the probe. “Please provide me details .We will take all the necessary action,” he tweeted.

However, Ajey Maharaj, head corporate communication, Fortis Hospital said all standard medical protocols were followed and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.

“An itemised bill over 20 pages was explained and handed to the family… Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission, requiring intensive monitoring,” he said, Indian Express reported.

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