Girl dies as stem cell donor backs out

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 19:38 IST

Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta had marked an inquiry into the death of Harleen Kaur, who died at Christian Medical College and Hospital on November 4, as her stem cell donor backed out at the last minute. Even conditioning chemotherapy was given to her.

Dr Subhash Batta marked an inquiry to Dr RK Karkara, senior medical officer, Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, and asked him to submit the report as soon as possible.

Dr Karkara made a three-doctor committee to investigate the matter. He said, “The viscera report of Harleen is due. The three-doctor committee will submit its report when the viscera report is received.”

Harleen, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh was a patient of thalassaemia and was admitted for bone marrow transplant at CMCH, but her stem cell donor from Kolkatta backed out at last minute. Though a new donor from Germany was arranged, but Harleen succumbed to infection by then.

Deceased's father Inderpreet Singh filed a complaint against the donor, the NGO that provided the donor and CMCH at Division Number 7. As the matter was medical related, commissioner of police referred the inquiry to civil surgeon.

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