Australian Suing Red Cross Over Botched Blood Transfusion

by Gopalan on  May 30, 2009 at 4:35 PM Medico Legal News
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 Australian Suing Red Cross Over Botched Blood Transfusion
An Australian is suing the Red Cross Blood Service and the Calvary Hospital, Canberra over a botched up blood transfusion of 25 years ago. Because of the infected blood he received, he is now battling with a chronic illness, he says.

Papers lodged with the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory allege that the man was given two blood transfusions soon after he was born in the hospital on February 11, 1984.

He says the transfusions were contaminated with the hepatitis C virus, a chronic disease that affects liver function and he became infected with the disease as an infant, Canberra Times reported.

The plaintiff's lawyers, Nicholl and Company, claim that the Red Cross Blood Service was negligent in not screening donated blood for the virus by checking for tell-tale elevated liver enzyme levels, or carrying out other checks. It is further claimed that the blood service failed to warn potential donor recipients that the blood might contain the virus and there was a danger of transmission.

The man's lawyers claim that the hospital was negligent in not applying any of the checks to donated blood supply, in not using neo-natal transfusions as a technique of last resort and in not obtaining informed consent for the procedure. He is seeking undisclosed damages from the Blood Service and the hospital.

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