Docs to pay Rs 38.4 L for brain damage after fertility test
The clinic and its two doctors were directed by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) to pay the compensation on a plea by the husband and the minor daughter of the patient Rupa Mutha.
They had alleged she suffered brain damage after undergoing Fallopian Tube Test at the Desai Maternity Clinic and Nursing Home run by Dr Jayashree Desai, who along with Dr Sampath Kumar, the anaesthetist, performed the test.
The NCDRC relied on the medical records of the patient's treatment at the clinic and the affidavit of Hyderabad-based Care Hospital which had said she was brought to it in comatose condition and had suffered brain damage due to hypoxia (inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain).
"In the background of the detailed consideration of the evidence on record, the findings reached by us and in the light of the applicable law, we have no hesitation in holding that the opposite parties (the two doctors and the clinic) have committed serious deficiency of service in the treatment of Rupa Mutha (patient).
"Therefore, the complaint must succeed. The opposite parties need to compensate her for her medical condition resulting directly from her treatment by them," the bench presided by Justice J M Malik said.
Rupa's husband, Sanjay Mutha, had sought compensation of Rs
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