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Cancer patient’s kin put Vikhroli doctor in the dock for ‘ignoring’ tumour report

Nisha had approached the private practitioner’s clinic in November last year after she suffered from weakness and back-ache.

Mumbai | Published: March 25, 2014 1:05:09 am
Nisha first went to the doctor in November last year. Nisha first went to the doctor in November last year.

The family of 47-year-old Nisha Avlani Monday filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) against a Vikhroli-based private doctor after he allegedly “ignored” reports of tumour in her body, which subsequently advanced the stage of bone cancer due to delay in treatment.

The complainant Darshan Vora, Nisha’s son-in-law, has now sought punishment for the doctor for medical negligence.

Nisha had approached the private practitioner’s clinic in November last year after she suffered from weakness and back-ache. “My mother went to him on November 27. He took several tests and asked her to get generic treatment for relieving pain. Despite the MRI reports suggesting tumour, he neither noticed it nor took corrective steps after her condition deteriorated. Even we were not aware about the tumour,” said Ananya Avlani, Nisha’s daughter.

According to the complaint, the doctor treated Nisha with vitamins and calcium tablets for around 10 days and assured them she would get better in a few days. “When my mother developed problems in urination, we decided to take a second opinion. We approached Sion hospital where doctors informed us about bone cancer. Till then, we had wasted a month,” said Ananya.

Nisha has now has undergone four chemotherapy sessions. Her doctor at Sion hospital, Dr Nishita Singh, said, “Hers is a case of multiple myeloma which affects the plasma cells. The cancer has advanced into stage II and we started chemotherapy a month back.”

When contacted, the Vikhroli-based doctor against whom the complaint has been lodged, told Newsline, “I had advised the patient to seek treatment from a hospital as my clinic is small and I cannot admit anyone. They, however, insisted on getting treatment here, so I treated her for weakness and to improve her generic condition. Had I known she had cancer, I would have definitely told the family.”

While the family claimed that MRI report suggested tumour’s presence, the doctor refuted the claims and said he was not shown all the reports. “I did not charge them for the treatment after I came to know she had cancer. However, I was not aware of the tumour earlier,” he added.

According to Dr Shivkumar Utture, executive committee member in MMC, the punishment will be decided after the doctor and the family are called for a hearing on the matter. “According to MMC Act, the severity of punishment varies from warning to suspension. In this case, we will take into consideration how much the patient has suffered due to doctor’s mistake, if he is proved guilty,” he said.

tabassum.barnagarwala@expressindia.com

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