Locket left inside 9 month-old baby at LNJP

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) In yet another case of medical negligence here doctors at the Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital have allegedly left a locket inside a nine-month-old boy's chest after lung-surgery.

Uday was operated upon over the weekend and the locket, which he was wearing at the time of the surgery, was detected after a X-ray two days later.

However, the Hospital has denied the charges, saying the X-Ray was misinterpreted by the family.

''The X-Ray was misinterpreted... The doctors have explained that this is unlikely to be inside the chest and is very likely to be an outside object being falsely reflected in the X-Ray as lying inside the chest,'' said Dr G R Sethi, Professor and officiating Head of Pediatrics at LNJP.

''It is irrational to conclude that the locket was inside the chest as it is a very big object which could not have gone in through the small hole done for the procedure. Further it is very evident that the tube inserted for the procedure was put in on the right side and the locket is seen on the left,'' he added.

Surender Kumar Jha, the child's father, first admitted the child to Kasturba Gandhi Hospital on October 19 with complaints of cold, chest congestion and fever.

''He was referred to LNJP on October 22 and was diagnosed with pleural effusion. The doctors said the boy needed an operation to drain out water and puss that had collected in his lungs,'' Mr Jha said.

''After the surgery the child has been crying continuously.

After the X-ray I have been running after doctors to tell me what was happening but nobody helped,'' he added.

Mr Jha alleged that the hospital was trying to cover up the the incident and was trying to save its doctors.

The Indian Medical Association has sent a team to the hospital and are looking into the incident.

Delhi Health and Family Welfare Minister Yoganand Shastri has ordered an inquiry. ''In case negligence is proved, strict action will be taken against the erring doctors,'' he warned.

UNI

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