A resident doctor at AMC-run L G Hospital has been sacked after four out of five patients who were operated there for cataract removal on March 11 complained about loss of vision.
The civic body has also issued showcause notices to hospital superintendent Dr Yogendra Modi and HoD of the department of ophthalmology Dr Beena Desai in connection with the incident, and also suspended three nurses, said AMC Deputy Commissioner I K Patel Wednesday.
The patients reportedly had complained of loss of vision within 48 hours of the surgery, but AMC Commissioner D Thara and I K Patel were informed about the incident only on Monday.
A three-member panel of doctors was formed Monday to probe the incident. The team visited the patients on Tuesday. The panel is expected to give its report by March 18.
On the chances of recovery of vision, Patel said: “If infection in the eye was brought in control, then only one could hope of improvement.”
The patients had undergone phaco emulsification procedure, an advanced and well-established procedure for removal of cataract, said Patel, adding that they were admitted again after it was found that they had lost vision in the operated eyes.
Dr Yogendra Modi said the patients were operated using phaco emulsification technique, which needed no suturing.
“Still they developed complication in the eye and lost vision,” he said.
Of the four patients, 84-year-old Hasumatiben Bhagat has lost vision in her left eye. “There is cataract in her right eye, but now we will not go for surgery in that eye after this incident,” said Meena, her daughter-in-law and resident of Maninagar. “The hospital wants to discharge my mother-in-law, but we will not go home till her vision is restored”, she said.
Another patient Lalabai Gandalal Makwana, 64, a resident of Hatkeshwar area, is also currently admitted at L G Hospital. Two of the other three patients, who were discharged by L G Hospital, did not go back there but approached C H Nagri Hospital for further treatment. They two have been identified as 40-year-old Dhanvantiben and 75-year-old Kulsumben.
While Kulsumben has been referred to V S Hospital, Dhanvantiben is undergoing treatment at Nagri hospital.