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US-based Indian doctor sues Apollo

The case is coming up for final arguments before consumer forum today, reports Harish V Nair.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 01:18 IST

A US-based Indian doctor has sued five top doctors of the Apollo Hospital in Kolkata, demanding a whopping Rs 77.7 crore as compensation for allegedly causing the death of his wife due to their negligence eight years ago.

Ohio-based Kunal Saha’s wife Anuradha was visiting her parents in Kolkata in May 1998 when she was admitted to Apollo Hospital.

She was suffering from toxic epidermal necrolysis, a form of skin allergy. However, the doctors there "wrongly" administered a lethal steroid Depomedrol, normally given in chronic case of asthma or arthritis. Though it can be given only once in two weeks even if prescribed, it was allegedly administered to her two times every day.

Anuradha, who developed serious complications, was immediately shifted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. She died after being treated there for 11 days.

The case is coming up for final arguments before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum on Friday.

The Apollo Hospital authorities have contended that they are not responsible for Anuradha's death since she died at Breach Candy Hospital. However, Kunal alleges that she was in a bad condition when she was taken to Mumbai.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 00:44 IST