Parents of 12-year-old Sandeep Yadav, who was detected with congenital heart disease, have claimed that despite paying Parel-based KEM Hospital Rs 60,000 in 2010, they are yet to get an appointment for their child’s heart surgery.
Sandeep, a Class V student, was detected with three holes in his heart when he was three-months old. “He underwent a minor surgery in 2002 for pulmonary artery banding at the hospital. But after that, we have been waiting for the major surgery to happen,” said Raj Bahadur, Sandeep’s father. Pulmonary artery banding is a surgical method to reduce the blood overflow in heart in certain congenital cases.
Bahadur said he paid Rs 60,000 to the hospital in 2010 for Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) surgery. “Since 2010, my son has been admitted to the hospital twice for operation. But on both the occasions, the hospital discharged him. While once there was no doctor to operate, the second time they said the required blood group was not available,” said Bahadur.
Sandeep, who has been waiting for a decade to undergo the VSD surgery, gets breathless very soon. “I cannot run for long as my chest feels heavy. I pant very quickly and over-exertion affects my breathing,” he said.
Despite repeated visits to the hospital, his father has still not got a date for the surgery. “I visited a private hospital in Andheri, but the cost for operation was Rs 2.5 lakh. I cannot afford the amount,” said Bahadur, who earns a living by making sweets in Borivali.
Dr Dwarkanath Kulkarni, head of cardiology department at KEM Hospital, told Newsline, “There is no issue of long waiting periods. I am sure we will operate on his son soon. There must have been some communication gap.”
However, Bahadur said he had to ask for reimbursement of the deposit since the hospital had done nothing in the past three years.
The hospital’s acting dean Dr Shubhangi Parkar said, “There must have been some problem in this matter. It will be looked into.” Parkar said she was not aware of such a case.