3-month-old dies after vaccination

By Ahnedabad Mirror Bureau

Victim’s father Kamlesh Patel alleges that the rotavirus vaccine drops given to his daughter by the family doctor killed her; scared of being attacked, doc calls police.

A three-month-old girl died a few hours after she was administered rotavirus vaccine drops on Friday evening. The father of the victim filed a case of negligence with Sabarmati police against the doctor who gave her the drops. Kamlesh Patel, 34, resident of New Ranip, took his daughter Ria to Mamta Children’s Hospital near Chanakyapuri railway crossing in Ghatlodia to get her vaccinated at 11 am on Friday.

It was Dr Bhavesh Patel, family doctor of the Patels, who gave her rotavirus vaccine drops.

Ria’s mother said that she was in good health after vaccination and was playing till 5 pm, after which she went to sleep.

Around 8 pm, when Kamlesh came home from work, he went to meet his daughter. But when he tried to wake her up, she didn’t move. He also found small spots on her cheeks and hands. Kamlesh and his wife rushed Ria to the hospital but were told that Dr Patel was not available.

Later, Dr Patel’s compounder told Kamlesh to take Ria to a hospital near Sardar Patel statue in Naranpura and meet Dr Bharat Prajapati there.

Father’s misery

However, when Kamlesh rushed Ria to the Naranpura hospital, the doctors declared Ria as brought dead.

Kamlesh said, “The next day we went to meet Dr Patel to get Ria’s death certificate. We also wanted to know the cause of my daughter’s sudden death, but were told that he was not available. We waited for him for more than an hour, but to no avail. Instead of meeting us, the doctor called the police. We were shocked. Ghatlodia cops took me and my relatives to the police station.”

Disquieted by the doctor’s behaviour, Kamlesh decided to file a complaint against him.

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