The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered compensation up to `2 crore for a family whose daughter lost her eyesight at birth because of negligence by a government hospital in Chennai.
A bench of Justices JS Kehar and SA Bobde dismissed an appeal by the Tamil Nadu government challenging a National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) order granting compensation of `5 lakh to the family.
It not only rejected the state’s plea denying medical negligence but also increased the compensation amount. The amount also includes `42.8 lakh which the parents have spent on treatment so far since her birth in 1996.
The top court accepted the contention of the parents that Chennai’s Women and Child hospital failed to screen the child according to required guidelines. A premature baby, the girl was kept in an incubator immediately after birth and doctors failed to diagnose Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in the child.
Four months after the child was born, the parents learnt she had no sight it wasn’t possible to retrieve it.
Arguing for the parents, advocate Nikhil Nayyar submitted a report by a board comprising AIIMS doctors that said the child wasn’t screened medically within a prescribed time limit as required in case of a premature birth.