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Union Health Minister J P Nadda assured the parents of taking all the necessary action

The family members of a seven-year- old girl who had died of dengue at the Fortis Hospital in Gurugram has claimed that the hospital charged them with exorbitant bill of Rs 18 lakh before allowing them to take their daughter’s body.

Reportedly the girl had undergone treatment in the hospital for almost two weeks before she died.

To raise their plight, the parents and friends took to social media. One such friend on a twitter named @DopeFloat in a post on a microblogging site informed that the hospital “charged Rs 18 lakh” for 15 days of treatment of dengue for a younger daughter of his friend.

“One of my batchmate’s 7 year old was in @fortis_hospital for ~15 days for Dengue. Billed 18 lakhs including for 2700 gloves. She passed away at the end of it…,” he tweeted

The tweet soon went viral which sought the attention of Union Health Minister J P Nadda who later assured them of taking all the necessary action.

Meanwhile the Fortis Hospital has clarified that “all standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to”.

“She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration.

“As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours,” the hospital said in a statement.

The hospital further said that on September 14 the family decided to “take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day”.

The hospital said ” An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring”.

All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals, the hospital said.

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