Careless or callous? The cost of medical negligence
Early morning on February 3, Inder Kumar Gupta found his wife Manju on the bathroom floor. Her speech was slurred and her hand hurt. Realising that it was a medical emergency, Gupta took her to Bhagat Hospital in Janakpuri and then to Max Pitampura for a CT scan. The scan was done at 8.33am and the doctors began to treat her for stroke but chose not to administer tPA, a key drug which can limit and reverse the damage if given intravenously within 3-4 hours.
Manju is barely able to move now. “Sometimes, she says it is better to die than live like this. I cannot bear to see her agony,” says Gupta who has filed a complaint of negligence with the Delhi Medical Council (DMC).....