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Delhi: Hospital under fire after surgeon operates on patient’s wrong leg

The hospital has terminated the services of the operating surgeon and five other staff members who were present in the operation theatre.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2016 7:57:49 am

A 24-year-old man reportedly had his wrong leg operated at a city hospital after injuring his right foot from a fall at his home on Tuesday. Ravi Rai, who works with a Gurgaon-based accounting firm, was rushed to Fortis hospital in Shalimar Bagh after fracturing the heel bone of his right leg but was reportedly operated on his left leg, his father Ramkaran Rai alleged. The family has also filed a police complaint in this regard.

The hospital has terminated the services of the operating surgeon and five other staff members who were present in the operation theatre.

“My son slipped and fell down the stairs of our home on Tuesday night. He was in terrible pain and was unable to walk. We rushed him to Fortis hospital where they did an X -ray and told us there was a fracture in his right ankle for which he would need a surgery. He was rushed to surgery after we gave our consent.”

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Rai said when his son Ravi was brought to the room after the surgey, the family discovered the left ankle had been operated on. “We found the left ankle was bandaged and on enquiry, we were told a pin had been inserted in it. When we raised an alarm, doctors came and apologised to us, and said they would operate him again, this time on his right leg. We were so angry we immediately asked for his discharge. How can such a reputed hospital make such a mistake? My son is still in so much pain and went through the surgery for nothing,” he said. Ramkaran Rai runs his own business in North Delhi.

Around 4.30 am on Wednesday, after his discharge, Ravi’s family moved him to the nearby Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for surgery. When contacted, Fortis hospital said an expert committee had been constituted in the matter and based on their preliminary report, five staff members, including the treating doctor, were terminated. In a statement, the hospital said,

“Their (the expert committee’s) preliminary view suggests that in the rarest of aberrations, the operating team may have disregarded and sidestepped due processes. We take our obligation to our patients very seriously. As this is a zero tolerance area for us, the services of erring doctors and `OR’ personnel (five) have been dispensed forthwith. Action against some others is also being contemplated, pending enquiry.”

Sources in the hospital said the patient had come with a calcaneal fracture, or a fracture in his heel joint of his right leg.

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