The Nepal Medical Council (NMC) has asked the National Forensic Science Laboratory to investigate the case of Akriti Kumari Shah, who died following a surgery at Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre in May, 2019.

The five-year-old girl Sarlahi had died allegedly due to wrong blood transfusion during her heart surgery at Gangalal. The council has been investigating Shah’s death and has forwarded its findings to the Laboratory.

Shah had ‘O positive’ blood group, but she was transfused with ‘A positive’ blood during the surgery.

NMC informed that it has sent the documents to find out who had written Shah’s blood group as ‘A positive.’

Further course of action will be decided after the investigation concludes, said a member of NMC. It has also warned Gangalal Hospital not to repeat such mistakes in the future.

Akriti had heart ailment (double-chamber right ventricle) since birth. She was admitted to the hospital on 26 April, 2019 and doctors had suggested surgery.

She underwent surgery on April 30.

NMC had formed a five-member probe team under the co-ordination of senior cardiac surgeon Dr Bhagwan Koirala to investigate Shah’s death.