HIV infection for child at RCC: Blood donation during window period suspected

9-Year-Old Being Treated For Cancer Tests HIV Positive After Transfusion

9-Year-Old Being Treated For Cancer Tests HIV Positive After Transfusion

A nine-year-old girl getting treated for blood cancer at the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in Thiruvananthapuram was tested positive for HIV after a "botched" blood transfusion process.

Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS) officials said they were focussing on blood donors during the period and trying to trace if any of them could have been in the window period when they donated blood. She then underwent blood transfusion from RCC, after which she was diagnosed with HIV. In both instances, it was found that the blood they received was donated during the window period. Even NAT can detect the infection only two weeks after the person contracts the virus. People with high chances of contracting HIV should desist from blood donation, which is the only way to curb such incidents. "Now the doctors are saying they will refer us to Medical College for the HIV treatment of our daughter and that she can easily have a normal life for 10-15 years", the 43-year-old said. "The samples of more donors will be verified in the coming days", said Pramod Kumar.The police have started collecting the details of the donors from the time the girl was admitted to RCC for the treatment of blood cancer in March this year.

On Friday, following the incident, a team of medical experts commenced an investigation.

The Kerala Human Rights Commission has also ordered an inquiry.

The Kerala government had on Thursday constituted a team of experts to investigate the complaint by the child's family, which claimed that she was infected during blood transfusion at the RCC.

The police have said that they can take any legal action only after finding out what exactly happened, with the help of medical board, and forensic-pathology departments, after examining each stage of her treatment from the beginning.

Noticing swelling in one of her eyes, doctors at the RCC institute had carried out various tests, including a blood test, which revealed that the girl was HIV positive.

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