Dr. Sharad Shripadrao Pandit in Birmingham, England was accused in Coroner’s Court this week in an extraordinary case of alleged malpractice. The parents of Alina Sarag reportedly called the GP more than 50 times about her ailing over four-and-a-half months. They testified that Pandit accused them of mollycoddling the girl and said that her symptoms were the result of being “lovesick.” She then died for tuberculosis.
As the girl got worse and worse the doctor reportedly told the parents to take her to a faith-healer or psychiatrist. Even though the girl was vomiting ten times a day and had to be carried around the house because she was too weak to walk, her father says that Pandit refused to test for TB and said that the pain was entirely in the girl’s head or lovesick heart.
What is really amazing is that Alina contracted TB in 2009 after a girl at her school was diagnosed with the illness, so there was a confirmed case of TB in her school but no test was ordered. A simple phlegm test would have been enough to diagnose the condition.
Even when at the hospital, after she collapsed, no test was performed an x-ray reportedly found a chest infection. Nevertheless, she was sent to see a clinical psychologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital but was too ill to complete the assessment.
These cases should be raised with those politicians who continue to push for caps on malpractice (often a ridiculous $250,000) in Congress and state legislatures. Would $250,000 repay this family for the long agonizing death of this child?