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Justice B Pugalendi on Monday directed the Dean of Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai to conduct the autopsy under the supervision of two assistant professors from medical colleges of neighbouring districts. The order was issued based on a petition filed by the man’s mother. The court also directed that the entire procedure of autopsy be video-recorded. It was a special case, said Pugalendi. Also Read - Lawyer Caught In Compromising Position With Woman During Virtual Hearing, Suspended
The petitioner alleged that the hospital authorities failed to inform the district collector about her son’s demise. She raised doubt over the treatment given to him and requested the authorities concerned to record the autopsy in a video. Also Read - Jayalalithaa's Veda Nilayam House Not to be Converted Into Memorial, Rules Madras HC
The man who did not know that he had contracted HIV and donated his blood on November 30. He found out the truth while undergoing a medical check-up days later as a requirement for a foreign job, local authorities said. Though he informed the blood bank at Sivakasi not to use his blood, it had already been transfused to the pregnant woman. The 24-year-old pregnant woman was allegedly infected with HIV during a treatment at the Sattur Government Hospital in Virudhunagar district on December 3.
When the matter came up for hearing, the petitioner submitted that after the incident came to light, a few TV channels started flashing her son’s picture, which upset him. Saddened by the entire incident, he consumed poison on December 26, she said.
After taking treatment for three days at the GRH, his condition was normal. But, on December 30, he complained of pain in his private parts and was attended to by doctors. He was declared dead two hours later, she said.
(With Agency inputs)