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Medical negligence: 10-yr-old loses vision

Medical negligence: 10-yr-old loses visionThursday, February 16, 2006 (Tuticorin):
In a shocking case of medical negligence, a 10-year-old boy in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu has lost his vision.
Isakimuthu had gone to the doctor for a cure for malaria, but he returned home blind. His parents say Isaki lost his sight six months ago after a government doctor allegedly prescribed him a heavy dose of medication at his private clinic. Initially taking it as a temporary impairment, his parents have now realised that their son may not be able to see again and are seeking action against the doctor for what they call criminal negligence.

Wrong treatment —"The doctor prescribed eight tablets. Soon after my son took the second one, his eyes started swelling. Although he was admitted in the government hospital, they said there can be no guarantee for his life. Now when all children are playing, my son remains isolated," says Mallika, Isakimuthu’s mother. "Many doctors say my son has been given wrong treatment. But no one is willing to give it in writing as a report," adds Mariappan, Isakimuthu’s father.Isaki has now stopped going to school. The poor family has already spent over Rs 1 lakh on his treatment, but nothing has changed.

They now want the government to award them compensation. But the little boy who dreams to become a doctor one day is shattered. "I want to play. I want to study. I am not able to see anything," says Isakimuthu.The doctor in question is an assistant professor at the Government Medical College in Tuticorin. Although he refrained from speaking on camera, he insists that he gave the right treatment