Relatives of Nazma Khan, who is in coma since 2008 and admitted to Lilavati Hospital, are hopeful that the issue over the Rs3-crore hospital bill handed to them would be resolved amicably.
Khan, 45, a Hyderabad resident, slipped into coma allegedly due to negligence of a doctor at Lilavati Hospital, where she underwent a surgery in September 2008.
Since then she has been admitted in a suite on the 11th floor of the Bandra hospital.
“Soon after the incident, Khan’s family met the hospital trustees who assured that doctors would make all efforts until she walks home,” Khan’s lawyer Majeed Memon said.
“The family did not file any complaint against the hospital. However, now they have slammed a bill of Rs3 crore for her stay. The relatives have already paid for the surgery conducted on her,” Memon added.
The hospital issued a statement on Tuesday, which had no mention of the Rs3 crore-bill.
The statement stated that Khan is in a semi-conscious state and responds to stimulus and is being medically attended to at the Lilavati Hospital for the last two years.
“The patient’s relatives have only paid initial deposit and nothing more,” the statement said.
“The patient’s relatives are occupying a suite next to the patient’s room from day one. Their luggage has never been thrown out and the hospital is giving the best medical aid possible in the country to her. Whenever the family has demanded opinions from doctors outside our panel, they have also been called to the Lilavati Hospital for their advice,” the statement added.