Woman gets HepB after blood transfusion, Escorts to pay Rs 50K
The apex consumer commission's judgment came on an appeal by the Escorts against an order of State Consumer Commission of Delhi which had held the hospital guilty of negligence and rendering deficient service and had asked it to pay Rs 50,000 to her.
"We agree with the findings of the State Commission that there is adequate evidence on record to establish that there is clear nexus between the blood transfusion into respondent 1 (Harbans Kaur Chawla) during her cardiac surgery at appellant institute (Escorts) and her contracting Hepatitis B, 60 days later especially since she had not undergone any other blood transfusion except at the appellant institute.
"We agree with the findings of the State Commission that keeping in view the facts of the case in their totality, a compensation of Rs 50,000 is reasonable and justified in the instant case. We, therefore, uphold the order of the State Commission. The first appeal is dismissed. Appellant institute is directed to pay the respondent Rs 50,000," a bench presided by Justice Ashok Bhan said.
In her complaint, Chandigarh resident Chawla had said she had undergone cardiac surgery at Escorts on January 30, 1995 when she was administered four units of blood.
A couple of months later, she began experiencing loss of appetite along with drowsiness and giddiness
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