The doctors of Mangat Hospital here on Tuesday agreed to bear all the future expenses on the treatment of patient Harvinder Kaur, 35, whose transplanted kidney failed to work.
The hospital agreed to the demand of compensation after the relatives of the patient sat on a dharna in front of the hospital. The kidney was transplanted on August 14.
The relatives said they had paid Rs 12 lakh for the kidney transplant to the hospital but despite that the kidney did not work. Jasbir Singh, the husband of the patient, said the kidney was donated by his sister. "My sister lost her kidney and yet my wife was not cured," he said.
He alleged that the doctors did not operate his wife properly. Initially, the doctors had refused to compensate the family, but the protest by the relatives and other farmers groups made them change their stand.
The relatives also approached the Jalandhar division commissioner LR Ladhar who appointed tehsildar Arvind Prakash to meditate into the matter.
Prakash said the two parties compromised after the doctors who had performed the surgery asked the family to give them one month's time to make the newly transplanted kidney function.
They agreed not to charge any fees from the patient for this treatment.
The doctors also agreed that if needed the patient would be shifted to the PGI , Chandigarh for the treatment.
Dr Sanjay Mittal, a transplant specialist of the hospital, said the patient's body had not received the transplanted kidney, which could happen in 5 to 10% cases. He claimed that there was no negligence on the part of the hospital.