Hospital junks allegation of organ harvest

Death of UK Sikh girl,Organs and viscera sent for histopathology,chemical tests as cause of death unknown: Hospital

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:57:55 pm

Rajindra Medical College and Hospital of Patiala has rejected the allegations made by the family of the eight-year-old British Sikh girl that her organs were extracted during the post-mortem.

Stating that all the vital organs of Gurkiren Loyal have been sent for further tests since the cause of death was not known,Dr KD Singh,the principal of the medical college and hospital said it was a routine procedure and there was no truth in the claims made by the girl’s family that her organs were harvested.

Birmingham-born Gurkiren fell ill on a family holiday in Punjab last month and was being treated for dehydration at Moudgil clinic in Khanna in Punjab. Her parents alleged on Monday in London that the medical staff at the clinic gave her a “mystery injection” after which her condition worsened. She was later referred to a nursing home where she was declared dead on arrival. They alleged that her body was transferred to Rajindra Hospital,where her organs were removed during a post-mortem.

But the hospital said the heart and lungs of the girl have been sent to the pathology department for further test as during the post-mortem it was found that her heart had congenital abnormality. Dr Singh said,Gurkiren was suffering from Fallot’s tetrology — a congenital heart disease — and that she had been operated twice in UK.

“The organs like liver,spleen,kidney,a portion of stomach and intestines have been sent to the chemical laboratory in Khrar,” he added. Interestingly,none of the departments have given the report even after five weeks of the post-mortem. Dr Singh said,”The report from the pathology department in our college will come within a week.”

Dr Singh said after receiving a post-mortem request,a four-members board — comprising Dr HS Oberoi,Dr RPS Sibia,Dr Anil Suri and Dr Ashok Kumar — was formed.

“Harvest of organs is a baseless allegation because the organs are of no use once the person is dead and moreover one cannot touch the organs of any patient without the consent of the patient and his family. Everyday organs are sent for testing in chemical and pathology labs after post mortem of dead bodies,” Dr Singh added.

Meanwhile,speaking to the PTI,Medical Superintendent of Rajindra Hospital,Dr Vijay Sharda,that as per the post-mortem report,the time between her death and post-mortem examination was about four days.

He added that Gurkiren’s body was brought here by police from Khanna on April 6.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Khanna),S Bhupati,meanwhile,told The Indian Express that Gurkiren’s father had lodged a complaint with the police on April 2 alleging medical negligence by doctors at Moudgil clinic.

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