Controversy over minor girl’s death

WARANGAL: The death of a seven-year-old girl due to AIDS virus on Vinayaka Chavithi day has been clouded in mystery with her parents alleging that their daughter contacted HIV after she underwent blood transfusion at a hospital here.

The distraught parents Kadari Butchaiah and Komala, who initially refused to take her body from the MGM government hospital, said she underwent blood transfusion at a children’s hospital in the city. The girl was injected four blood units at a hospital here on Aug 4. However, with her condition deteriorating, the doctors carried out tests on the girl and found out that she was HIV-positive on Aug 16. The blood was brought from two private blood banks in the city.

The Times of India

"The girl was admitted to the paediatric ward of the MGM hospital on Aug 22 and we have been treating her since then with anti-retroviral treatment," Dr Ravi Kumar, the head of the paediatric ward, said. The doctors had also carried out tests on the parents of the girl and found them to be HIV-negative. M N Kishore, joint director of the AP State Aids Control Society, who inquired into the episode, contended that the girl might have contacted HIV during her earlier treatment. "The parents were not forthcoming about the details of the earlier treatment as we were unable to establish the fact as to from where she contacted the virus," he added.

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