Kochi, May 23: In another incident of medical apathy in the country, a doctor in Kerala’s Malappuram district wrongly performed a hernia surgery on a boy instead of a nasal surgery. Reports inform that the seven-year-old boy had come to get a growth in his nasal passage removed but instead got operated for some other ailment. According to a report by PTI, the incident took place after the doctor allegedly mistook the names of two patients and operated the victim in the stomach instead of removing the nasal polyps. Medical Apathy: 60-Year-Old Patient Declared Dead by Doctors of Delhi Ganga Ram Hospital, Found Alive While Being Taken for Last Rites.
The victim, identified as Mohammed Danish, was operated for Hernia on Tuesday at a medical college in Manjeri town. The horrific incident came to light after Danish’s parents, who hail from Karuvarakundu town in the district, saw their son operated in the stomach, instead of the nasal area.
According to details by the hospital authorities, there was another patient, named Dhanush, who was supposed to undergo surgery for hernia, and the doctor mistook due to the similarity in their names. However, State Health Minister K K Shylaja ordered a probe into the matter and later suspended the doctor, A Suresh Kumar. "Patients must not suffer due to the negligence of the hospital staff," the minister said. The Health Minister added saying that the boy (the victim) would be given free treatment. Medical Apathy In Tamil Nadu! Private Hospital In Thanjavur Allegedly Treats Patient For Three Days Post his Death.
There have been several incidences of medical apathy from across the nation. According to reports, the state human rights commission has registered a case in connection with the incident. Rights panel member K Mohan Kumar said there is serious negligence on behalf of the staff including the doctor. Kumar further asked the medical college superintendent to submit a report with the statements of all the staff present inside the operation theater.
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