New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Tamil Nadu government to pay a compensation of Rs 1.8 crore to the parents of a girl who lost vision within a year of birth due to medical negligence by doctors of a state government hospital at Egmore in Chennai.
Based on the report by a medical team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) had granted a compensation of Rs 5 lakh in 2009 to the girl’s parents, which remained unpaid by the state government till date.
Allowing a plea by the girl’s father to enhance the damages, a bench of Justice J S Khehar and Justice S A Bobde awarded a compensation of Rs 1.38 crore and topped it with an additional amount of Rs 42.87 lakh to take care of the medical treatment that the 18-year-old girl would require.
The girl was born 10 weeks prematurely to V Krishnakumar and his wife Laxmi on August 30, 1996. She was placed in an incubator in the intensive care unit of the hospital for the next 25 days.
Even after her discharge, the hospital’s doctors kept visiting her but at no point in time they prescribed a test for the disease, Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), which is frequent in cases of premature births.
By the time private doctors could flag the problem, the disease had reached its terminal stage and the girl lost vision.