The country's apex consumer body has awarded a compensation of Rs 12.5 lakh to a man who lost his wife after she was given wrongful dosage of anaesthesia during Cesarean operation by a doctor.
The National Consumer Commission has directed a private nursing home and an anaesthetist to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.
It also ordered a doctor to pay Rs 2.15 lakh to the complainants which include her husband and two children for showing medical negligence while diagnosing the patient who died in 1999.
"A normal healthy woman with all parameters being normal died clearly due to anaesthetic dosage given to her and the anaesthetist did not reverse it properly. From the operation theatre onwards, the patient's condition just remained critical and deteriorated as time passed by," the Commission comprising members K S Gupta and Rajyalakshmi Rao said.
The Commission passed the order on a petition filed by Rajiv Sharma, the husband of the deceased, seeking Rs 70 lakh compensation from Delhi-based Helvetia Klinic Private Limited and doctors for their "failure" in exercising the duty of reasonable care and diligence in treating the patient.
It pulled up the anaesthetist for administering her general anaesthesia without examining her earlier medical history which it termed as deficiency in service.