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Court Dismisses 143-Crore Claim Against Hospital In Kolkata For Alleged Negligence In Treatment

New Delhi, June 1: The apex consumer court in New Delhi on Wednesday dismissed the highest ever medical compensation case of claim that was filed by an Indian born// US scientist Kunal Saha for the death of his wife in 1998, which he alleged due to the wrongful treatment.

Making a statement from Ohio Saha said that the judgement of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) was utterly shocking not just for him, but also for the millions of ordinary Indian citizens who were seeking justice against the hitherto 'untouchable' Indian doctors. He promised to move the matter to the Supreme Court immediately against the ruling of the apex court.

Saha had filed a Rs.770 million ($17 million) claim against a Kolkata hospital (AMRI) after the death of his wife Anuradha Saha, 36, due to alleged wrong treatment by three senior doctors - Baidyanath Halder, Abani Roy chowdhury and Sukumar Mukherjee who he claimed had administered an 'unscientific overdose of highly toxic steroid' to his wife Anuradha which resulted in her death.

Saha's story began in April 1998 when he and his wife were in Kolkata on a visit to their families. A couple of days later days in Kolkata, Anuradha, 36, developed a cold, a fever and minor skin rash which looked like it was spreading after a week. The skin rash was diagnosed as 'toxic epidermal necrolysis', an immune disorder that is fatal in 15-20% cases. Though her condition worsened the doctors were apparently certain that it would improve.

Saha claimed to have seen Dr Mukherjee inject his wife with 80 milligrams of Depo-medrol. Dr Mukherjee also prescribed 80 mg twice a day. And over the next five days, 800 mg of Depo-medrol was administered to Anuradha. After six days of this treatment, Anuradha's condition worsened. Her skin peeled off. She was then admitted to the Advanced Medical Research Institute, from where she was shifted to the Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, where she died on
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