Noida hospital gives family wrong body
Losing their father was traumatic enough, but the Garg family was in for a shock when Noida’s Fortis hospital handed them somebody else’s body. Nivedita Khandekar reports.Updated: Jun 07, 2013, 01:19 IST
Losing their father was traumatic enough, but the Garg family was in for a shock when Noida’s Fortis hospital handed them somebody else’s body.
“We were handed a body bag but the size was all wrong. We demanded they open it and it was someone else,” said Abhay Sheel, brother-in-law of the deceased. “Worse, when we got the right body, the mortuary attendant demanded Rs. 1,200 for taking the trouble. Of course, we did not pay.”
The family lodged a complaint with the chief medical officer, Ghaziabad, and UP medical council on Thursday.
AK Garg, 59, of Vaishali was admitted at Fortis on May 5 with fever and weakness. “They kept us in the dark about his condition. How can a person who walked to hospital die two days later?” asked daughter Neelima Jadeja.
“Records show his blood glucose levels were tested 58 times in 48 hours. The hospital could not explain why,” said Sheel. They also claimed there were discrepancies in the bill.
“His blood sugar levels were severely compromised, he had chronic diabetes aggravated by pneumonia. We gave him continuous insulin infusion based on frequent blood sugar monitoring as is necessary in such severity,” said a Fortis spokesperson. “Family was kept continuously informed,” a statement said.