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Fortis doctors fined Rs 23.5 lakh after patient dies

The Karnataka Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in Bengaluru has asked three doctors of Fortis Hospital to pay a compensation amounting to Rs 23.5 lakh to the family of a woman who died allegedly due to medical negligence.

According to the family, the hospital had conducted a heart surgery on Vidya Prasad in 2010 despite lacking a specialised cardiac care unit, causing her death. Mrs Prasad, 45, was operated on for a slip disc on 11 February 2010, at the Fortis Hospital in Sheshadripuram.

Her husband HNS Prasad says the doctor claimed she was doing fine after the operation. But hours later, he was told that her condition was deteriorating. She died before she could be shifted to a different hospital.

The next year, the family approached the consumer court alleging negligence, after they came to know the hospital lacked a specialised cardiac unit. The family claimed that the pre-operation tests clearly mentioned a cardiac risk, but they were not told. When she developed cardiac complications, the hospital did not even have a pacemaker to install.

The bench comprising commission chairman Justice BS Indrakala and judicial members BS Tadahal and GT Vijayalakshmi asked the hospital to pay the sum of Rs 23.5 lakh within eight weeks, along with 9 per cent interest from the date of filing of the complaint. A litigation cost of Rs 5,000 also has to be paid to the complainant.

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