21 year old falls seriously ill after blood transfusion at SKIMS, family accuses hospital of negligence, authorities deny

Srinagar: After the family of Mir Anjum, a 21 year old woman, filed a medical negligence case against valley’s lone super-speciality Hospital Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, for allegedly transfusing ‘mismatched blood’ into her body. The Hospital authorities have denied any medical negligence.

According to Anjum’s cousin, she was transfused with 2 pints of blood at the hospital after she had passed blood with the stool on Match 29.

The next day, after being stable, she again had to be rushed to the hospital after she had felt unwell and the doctors there had recommended an additional one-pint blood transfusion.

“Blood was given by the doctors from SKIMS blood bank. But that blood was from another blood group, totally mismatching with her blood (O+ve). She is on the ventilator, almost 90 per cent dead declared by the doctor himself. One of the doctors verbally speaking with the kin admitted that the blood was mismatching,” Anjum’s cousin wrote on his social media profile.

The family filed the case in Soura Police station after she went into a coma. The family has accused the doctors and hospital administration of ‘hushing up’ the case.

Meanwhile, Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah had ordered an internal inquiry in the case. The probe panel was headed by Medical Superintendent, Dr. Farooq A Jan.

According to the probe report, as shared by Sana Kulsoom, Public Relations Officer, SKIMS, the investigation has been completed.

“There is no case of a mismatched transfusion, however, the patient seems to have an anaphylactic reaction on transfusion of about 50 ml of blood on March 30, which was stopped immediately. The patient was treated for the same and responded well,” reads the report.

However, it further reads, the patient had become unstable on March 31 morning.

“We shifted her to the Intensive Care Unit where she is undergoing treatment. Post-transfusion blood investigations do not show any evidence of mismatched transfusion,” the report reads.

Dr. Jan has said that Anjum has been diagnosed with a liver disease, Hepatic Vein Cavernoma.

He has also said that there may have been some preservative or reagent to which the patient’s body reacted this way, which according to the medical professionals is rare.


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