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Stone problem: At KEM,poor woman undergoes two operations in 10 days

In barely 10 days,an impoverished labourer's wife had to undergo two operations for one ailment at KEM Hospital. One for removal of stones in the gall bladder....

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune |
April 30, 2009 2:00:02 am

Husband faults KEM hospital,docs deny charges of negligence

In barely 10 days,an impoverished labourer’s wife had to undergo two operations for one ailment at KEM Hospital. One for removal of stones in the gall bladder and another for removal of stones from the duct below the gall bladder. Weak and suffering from low blood pressure,27-year-old Mithu Bhadra is currently recuperating in the general ward of KEM Hospital. Her family has spent Rs 50,000 on her first operation and is now staring at another Rs 30,000 hospital bill for the second operation.

Though the hospital authorities have denied that there was any negligence in treating Mithu,her husband Kajal Bhadra alleges that doctors did not do their job properly during the first operation itself. “Soon after my wife was operated upon for stones in the gall bladder on April 18,she frequently complained of stomachache. The doctors told me that after the operation,patients often suffer stomach pain for sometime. They also told me that my wife must be having acidity problem. So they gave her medicine to control acidity,” says Bhadra.

Mithu was discharged from KEM hospital on April 23. Even at home,she constantly complained of stomachache. Kajal then took Mithu for a sonography test which,he says,revealed the presence of stones despite the operation. A rattled Kajal then admitted Mithu to KEM on April 27. “The doctors told me that kabhi,kabhi aisa hota hey. Stone andhar phisal jata hey…(Sometimes it happens…stone slips inside),” said Kajal. Mithu was operated upon for the second time on April 28. She has grown weak and pale and her blood pressure has also become low,says Bhadra.

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When contacted,KEM medical superintendent V L Yemul denied that the doctors at the hospital were in any way negligent in treating the patient. “There was no negligence of any kind. It is a known complication. During the first operation,small stones must have got slipped and landed in the duct which is located below the gall bladder. Normally,the stones get washed out from the intestines. If they remain stuck in the duct,the patient complains of pain,” Yemul said.

Stating that this fact can be confirmed from experts in the field,Yemul said the hospital will extend all possible help and coperation to the patient and her family. Regarding giving concession in the bill to the poor family,Yemul said it will be discussed with the doctors and then decided.

YCM hospital superintendent Dr Anand Jagdale,a kidney stone expert himself,said it is a fact that stones slip from gall bladder into the duct during operations. “Sometimes you realise that,sometimes you don’t. I won’t blame the doctors,entirely…”

Hailing from Kolkatta,Bhadra says he works as a jewellery polishing labourer with a jeweller in Budhwar Peth.

“I earn around Rs 200 every day. For my wife’s two operations,I had to borrow money from friends and also mortgage the jewellery of my wife which she had received during our marraige. Now I have hardly any money with me. Due to my wife’s treatment,I had to take leave from work which further dented my income,” says Bhadra who currently lives in Rasta Peth. He has a three-year-old son.

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