Medical negligence: Infant’s arms fracture in Baramulla hospital

Medical negligence: Infant’s arms fracture in Baramulla hospital

BARAMULLA: A newborn’s limbs fractured in District Hospital Baramulla allegedly due to mishandling by doctors and paramedics at the time of delivery.
Nisar Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Kanlibagh said that his wife Khalida was admitted in the hospital after she developed labour pain on the morning of February 19.
She gave birth to a baby boy but the news turned nightmarish for the parents when they found that the newborn’s arms were not in normal shape.
“When we pointed out to the doctors that the arms of the newborn seem to have been fractured, they panicked and asked us to shift him to Children’s Hospital in Srinagar”, Bhat said. For a day, the body was treated in ward 8 of Children Hospital but next day the doctors suggested to shift him to Bone and Joint Surgery Hospital, Barzulla.
“At Barzulla, doctors diagnosed that the newborn’s both arms have suffered fracture at the time of birth. It was really painful when both the arms of this infant were plastered”, an aggrieved Bhat said.
Even as he was discharged from the Barzulla hospital, the doctors have advised to return on every Monday for check-up.
“I was compelled to spend a lot of money and time on the treatment of my baby only because the doctors were negligent. I don’t know whether the arms will be set right due to the treatment”, he said.
Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Baramulla did not respond to calls from this reporter. However, Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Dr Bashir Ahmad said that action would be initiated against the erring doctors if they were found to be negligent in handling the newborn.

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