In a stunning allegation, Jayant Singh, father of 7-year-old Adya, who died of dengue despite being billed an exorbitant fee of Rs 18 lakh by Gurugram's Fortis Hospital, has claimed that the hospital administration offered him Rs 25 lakh in cash to prevent him from taking any legal action.
Speaking to ANI, Singh stated that not only did senior members from Fortis Hospital agreed to foot the entire bill that the family had to shell out, it even offered him money to stop the ongoing social media campaign against the hospital.
"Senior members of Fortis met me and offered me a cheque of Rs 10,37,889 refunding the entire amount," Singh told ANI. "They also said they will be offering me Rs 25 lakh cash on top of this, said that I will have to sign and enter into a legal agreement assuring them I will end my social media campaign and will not take legal action against them," Singh added.
Adya Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital and put on the ventilator as soon as she was admitted and her family was being billed over a lakh rupees per day for 15 days.
Jayant alleges that he paid a sky-high amount for the branded drugs whose alternatives could have been procured for a cheaper price.
The family, hooked outside ICU waiting for their daughter to recover, was further shaken when they did not have access to doctors.
Jayant Singh had alleged that the doctors continued her treatment in the ICU, in full knowledge that her condition had deteriorated beyond cure, and the family was charged with a hefty bill.
After the patient's death, the hospital also denied an ambulance for the deceased child and refused to give a death certificate citing that the rule of Leaving Against Medical Advice (LAMA) was applicable in this case. The family was also told to get a death certificate from another hospital, alleged the father.
Jayant's wife, who was pregnant at the time of Adya's hospitalisation, suffered a miscarriage due to the shock of her daughter's death. Jayant had decided to file a lawsuit against Fortis Hospital for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment. -- ANI