Abortion goes wrong, doc told to pay Rs 5 lakh

The doctor prescribed medication, but the following month Pahwa found that the abortion procedure had not worked and she was still pregnant

A city doctor has been asked to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to a woman who had to undergo uterus removal following "negligence in conducting an abortion".

Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ordered Dr R R Rana to pay Najafgarh resident Kusum Pahwa, who had come to him for medical termination of her pregnancy in January 1997.

Pahwa had told the consumer forum that she had approached the Dilshad Garden clinic of Dr Rana for medical termination of her pregnancy as she did not wish to have a third child.

The doctor prescribed medication, but the following month Pahwa found that the abortion procedure had not worked and she was still pregnant.

She returned to Dr Rana and was admitted to Rajdhani Nursing Home, a private healthcare centre in Shahdara, on February 6. Here, Dr Rana performed an operation to end the pregnancy.

The consumer forum was told that negligence during the surgery led to the injury in the lower part of Pahwa's intestine and uterus. Pahwa was later admitted to GTB Hospital, where doctors removed the damaged uterus.

She had to stay in the hospital for over three months due to complications.

The consumer forum had, by an order in 2007, awarded ex parte compensation to Pahwa.

But it was directed by the National Consumer Dispute Commission in 2009 to decide the case afresh after hearing the submissions by Dr Rana, who had claimed that the complaint was false and he had not treated the patient till he was called by the private nursing home, in February, where the patient had been admitted for severe abdominal pain.

The consumer commission dismissed the doctor's plea and held that the documentary evidence, including discharge slip and hospital bill from the Rajdhani Nursing Home indicated that the complaint was not fabricated.

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