Udupi, Aug 8, 2015 : A woman from Herebettu who had moved the Consumer Court against a doctor accusing him of medical negligence resulting in the death of her husband five years ago, has now won the case. The court has directed Dr YG Ashok Kumar to pay a compensation of Rs 15 lakhs to the complainant.
This was informed to the media here by Latha CS Holla, the advocate for the petitioner Srilatha M Hegde. Srilatha’s husband Mahim Kumar Hegde who was also the local unit chief of JD(S) had died on June 10,2010. Latha Holla stated that the petitioner in her complaint had alleged that Dr Ashok Kumar who was also a friend of late Mahim Kumar had failed to properly diagnose the heart problems of Mahim Hegde.
“Mahim was undergoing treatment under Dr Ashok Kumar since 2004 for several health problems including Diabetes, blood pressure and fatigue. He had approached the doctor on June 8, 2010 complaining of sweating and chest pain. The doctor had then prescribed come medicines stating that Mahim’s condition was quite ok. However, the next night Mahim’s condition had worsened with him getting severe chest pain apart form vomiting sensation as well as sweating and giddiness.
“When Dr Kumar was consulted on June 10, 2010, he suggested the patient to go to Gandhi Hospital where no test was undertaken but the patient was asked to shift to Yenepoya Hospital. However, doctors declared Mahim dead.” Latha Holla stated.
“Dr. Kumar who has an MBBS degree and MD in internal medicine however had no certification as cardiologist, but still hangs a board mentioning himself as ‘cardiologist nad nephrologist’ outside his clinic near Kunjibettu,” the advocate said and added that he had expressed helplessness in treating Mahim in the last minute eventually costing the latter’s life.
The consumer court has also asked the Gandhi Hospital to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 for negligence lest both the doctor and the hospital will have to pay an interest of 12 per cent. Both also have to pay court expenses of Rs 5000.
She also stated that the press meet was convened to create an awareness among the public.
Shivaprasad Hegde, the brother of the deceased Mahim Kumar Hegde was also present at the press meet.