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Father alleges medical negligence

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Suffering:Fifteen-month-old John Ronaldo has been discharged from hospital though his father says he still needs doctor's attention.

Bangalore: A 15-month-old boy, John Ronaldo, admitted to St. John's Hospital on March 15, 2010 after he accidentally spilled coffee on his face, has suffered brain damage following sedation and prolonged ventilation.

Alleging medical negligence by the hospital's doctors, Kiran Kumar, the child's father, said his son suffered a respiratory arrest after he was given an injection. The child, who had been in the hospital since March 2010, was discharged three days ago by doctors who said he could be now be treated as an out-patient.

Mr. Kumar, who is an employee of the State Bank of Mysore in Jayanagar, said he spent more than Rs. 3 lakh on his child's treatment in the first two months. “The hospital authorities, who had admitted the child suffered a respiratory arrest following the initial treatment, had promised to treat my child till he is completely fine. But now they are suddenly discharging him without any explanation,” he told The Hindu.

Denying medical negligence, Fulton D'Souza, the paediatrician at St. John's who has been treating the child for the past 10 months, told The Hindu the child had recovered now and was able to walk and run.

“Except for the tracheostomy that is in place the child is fine and can be discharged. We have counselled the parents and informed them that he would be followed up as an outpatient regularly. But they refuse to understand and term it forcible discharge,” Dr. D'Souza said.

Brain injury

“Following routine sedation for dressing of the burns, the child had respiratory depression and required pulmonary resuscitation. Later, he was found to have hypoxic brain injury that required ventilation. Although he had recovered, he required airway maintenance with a tracheostomy,” the doctor explained. Terming the sudden discharge as a violation of human rights, Mr. Kiran Kumar said his son may be able to walk but is still debilitated. “He cannot walk like a normal child,” he said, adding that he would now approach the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.

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