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Nucleus Hospital leads toddler to death bed as he struggles for life at Mayo, alleges kin

Nagpur: The alleged malpractice and negligence by Dhantoli based Nucleus hospital has led a 2 and half year-old Tanmay to the death bed, alleged the child’s parents. The child has been currently shifted to Mayo hospital and is reportedly struggling for life. His condition is said to be very critical. The child’s father has also accused hospital administration of malpractice by denying him the relief under government’s scheme.

The child has been suffering from severe infection which only grew serious in the last one month. Now we are left on God’s mercy, says Dhanraj Neware, the child’s father.

Dhanraj, a private labor has accused Dhantoli based Nucleus Children’s Hospital of misconduct and malpractice after he failed to pay the hospital bills which, the hospital promised will be deducted through Chief Ministers Health Scheme, alleged Dhanraj.

Tanmay (2.5) was at my in-laws house in Butibori when he was diagnosed with the fever. We rushed him to Maya Hospital, where couple of more kids were admitted with the similar symptoms. Though others were discharged by the hospital, Tanmay’s condition only worsened with time,” he told Nagpur Today.

Maya Hospital then referred Tanmay to Dhantoli based Nucleus Children’s Hospital. The doctors told me that Tanmay was diagnosed with some kind of fever and it would cost me around 4,000 per day for the treatment. After listing the charges, I deliberately denied for the treatment owing to my poor financial condition. However, the hospital administration then introduced me to the Chief Minister Health Scheme. As per the scheme I had to pay only 25% share of the total bill which covers both medicines and doctors charges. I agreed for the treatment, but on the contrary, the hospital administration asked me to pay for medicines,” he said.

“It’s been couple of days and there were no improvement in Tanmay’s the condition. As a result, I went to doctors seeking his discharge. However, the administration instead had asked me to pay 70,000. I expressed my inability in paying the amount and even begged before them for the sake of my child, but in vain. My mother in-law had to pay 14,000 only after which they allowed us to take Tanmay to Mayo. The Nucleus administration even asked me money to release the Tanmay’s file. I had to undergo all of this trouble just because I trusted on their hollow promises on the first place for the sake of my child,” lamented Dhanraj at Mayo Hospital with tears in his eyes.

“We admitted Tanmay, who was in critical condition following the referral of the city based private hospital. We had to immediately shift him to pediatric ICU, where he has been monitored,” says Sagar Pandey, Medical Superintendent (MS), Mayo Hospital.

When Nagpur Today approached Nucleus Children’s Hospital, the administration said all allegations are baseless and told that parents were told about the bills and they were arranging money.

On the condition of anonymity, a local source from prominent government hospital informed Nagpur Today that, the private hospitals tend to keep patients until they reaches their extreme limit. It is when they refer patients to the Government Hospital to avoid controversy. We have also seen some cases like this, where the hospital admits the patient under the umbrella of Government Scheme. However, they deny the benefits later.

– Shubham Nagdeve

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