by Saba Gul
SRINAGAR: Family of one-year-old Zikra Farooq Tuesday protested at Press Enclave here against a private hospital alleging that the girl is in the Intensive Care Unit for past year due to an overdose of anaesthesia.
Family members holding placards shouted slogans seeking justice for the girl.
The family of the girl alleged that the hospital authorities challenged them to file a case against them instead of admitting their “guilt”.
A relative of the girl while protesting said that she (Zikra) was taken to ASG Eye hospital in Qamarwari for eye treatment.
“They advised some exercises which didn’t work,” the relative said.
“They told us she will be fine. They administered some drugs through injection for which anaesthesia was mandatory. They assured us that the process would only take twenty minutes once we admit her,” he said
The family alleged that after admitting the baby to the hospital an “overdose” of anaesthesia was administered to her leading to weight gain in the child.
“The doctors claimed she was alright and asked us to take her home,” the family said.
The family said upon suspicion they approached the doctors who then referred the child to Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences for a detailed check-up.
“She was in SKIMS Intensive Care Unit for 26 days.” the family said.
The family said later the girl was admitted to PG hospital in New Delhi.
“Due to the negligence of doctors at ASG hospital her brain is damaged now. She is physically impaired,” the family said.
The family said that for past one year they have been treating the girl at New Delhi.
“Every single visit to the hospital is costing us a huge amount. It is all because of the negligence of the doctors of the hospital,” the family alleged.
Manager ASG Eye Hospital, Rameez Ahmad, when contacted, said there is nothing like negligence in case of anaesthesia administration.
“We already have the consent of the family for giving anaesthesia to the child. The consent paper mentions that the anaesthesia sometimes claims the life of the patient,” the ASG Eye Hospital Manager said.
He said the hospital has spent over Rs 1 lakh on the treatment of the girl on humanitarian grounds.
“We are now offering further help to the family,”ASG Eye Hospital Manager said.