Fortis Hospital in Gurugram on Thursday denied that its officials had offered any kind of bribe to the father of a 7-year-old girl, who was being treated for dengue but died in the hospital. In a statement from the Fortis hospital, it said, “We categorically deny assertions or allegations of any bribe being paid to Jayant Singh (father of deceased girl who was treated for dengue at the hospital). Fortis did offer a refund of the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the family.” On Wednesday, victim’s father had alleged that hospital officials offered him money to stop his social media campaign. 

A 7-year-old girl, who was receiving treatment for dengue in Fortis Gurugram, had passed away at the end of her 15-day stay at the hospital. Her father who was outraged that after spending a huge some of  money, the hospital couldn’t save her daughter. He alleged that senior members of Fortis hospital met him and offered him a cheque worth Rs 10,37,889 refunding the entire amount. Further mentioning about money offered by the Fortis Hospital officials, Girl’s father Jayant Singh also mentioned, “They also said that they will be offering me Rs 25 lakh cash on top of this. They said that I will have to sign, enter into a legal agreement assuring to stop my social media campaign, or going to court and taking legal action against them.”

The case of the 7-year-old girl was highlighted when her parents were billed Rs 16 lakh for her 15-day stay at Fortis Hospital and were allowed to take the child to another hospital only after they paid the full bill amount.

According to reports, the 19-page long bill by the Fortis Hospital showed the parents being charged for 661 syringes and 2,700 gloves, among other things, which were supposedly used during the treatment. The matter got highlighted after the father of the deceased, Jayant Singh alleged that he had paid the full bill and further accused the hospital of inflating the bill and imposing arbitrary costs. He also said that after paying this amount, his daughter didn’t get the proper treatment as there were no doctors to look after her on weekends. Adya Singh, daughter of Dwarka-based IT professional Jayant Singh, was admitted to Fortis Hospital on August 31 with ‘severe dengue’, which later progressed to ‘dengue shock syndrome’.