Nine-Year Old Leukemia Child Died After Contracting HIV Positive Blood Transfusion

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A 9-year-old leukemia kid has been infused HIV positive blood after which the child died. She was allegedly contracted HIV during blood transfusion at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) Thiruvananthapuram, died at the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital (MCH) on Wednesday. “She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday and died in a few hours,” said Dr Sreelatha of Alappuzha MCH.

Advocate Syam J Sam said the RCC authorities and government failed to do justice to the patient. “A case against the RCC is under Kerala High Court’s consideration. The government didn’t give any support to the child’s family. The RCC authorities were not ready to submit a proper report on the incident at the court either,” said Syam. This might be a very serious issue as it is an error.

The father of the kid said, “She was taken to the Alappuzha MCH on February 27, 2017 with fever. In the examination of her blood samples, it was found that she had leukaemia. Next day, she was taken to the RCC for its treatment, which started on March 1. Blood transfusion was done many times as part of it. Following that, she was tested positive for HIV in August. After two months, she was taken to the General Hospital in Chennai for a detailed test. However, the lab report said she was not an HIV positive patient.

The family had not yet received the blood test report conducted in Delhi, he told reporters and alleged that there was “conspiracy” in not releasing the test report. The state government had instituted an inquiry committee after the allegations were levelled against RCC. The committee in its report had stated that there was no fault on RCC’s part, in the matter.

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