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Death at Jaslok: Cops file negligence case against south Mumbai hospital

A case of death due to negligence was registered against Jaslok Hospital on December 14 at the Gamdevi police station for the death of Deepti Makhijani, 21, who was undergoing treatment for blood cancer at the hospital.

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2011 01:19 IST
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A case of death due to negligence was registered against Jaslok Hospital on December 14 at the Gamdevi police station for the death of Deepti Makhijani, 21, who was undergoing treatment for blood cancer at the hospital.

Makhijani's family alleged she died after hospital staff used the wrong blood group for a transfusion on December 8. However, doctors at the hospital have cited a complete organ failure as the cause of death.

The family wants the police to file a case of murder. "We have roped in medical experts to substantiate valid evidence. Depending on the findings of the probe, we will decide if murder charges have to be pressed," said Anil Khumbhare, deputy commissioner of police (zone 2).

Hospital authorities refused to comment on the matter. "Since the investigation is on, we will not comment on the case right now," said Dr S Mohanty, medical director, Jaslok Hospital.

Makhijani, who worked with Google at Hyderabad, had undergone two chemotherapy cycles at the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer in August.

"The hospital should revoke the professional licences of the doctors involved. This cannot be termed as negligence," said Narendra, her father. On Saturday, Makhijani's college friends organised a candle light vigil at classmates at KC College, Churchgate. "We want justice for her tragic death," said Ria Shah, 21, Makhijani's school friend.