New Delhi, June 23: A renowned private hospital has hit the headline for the wrong reasons. In a shocker, a man was operated on the wrong foot after he was recommended a surgery when he met with an accident.
24-year old Ravi Rai's left leg was operated instead of his injured right leg.
The accident happened on Tuesday after Ravi fell down from the stairs and fractured his right leg. He was rushed to the private hospital where doctors suggested a number of tests, including a CT-scan and an X-Ray. Following the test results, the doctors suggested an immediate surgery. The family members relented.
Ramkaran Rai, Ravi's father said,"Doctors told us that there was a fracture in the ankle of his right leg, and that they need to do a surgery to insert pins for support. Trusting them we agreed to the surgery. But later, when our son gained consciousness, we realised that instead of the right leg, his left leg was operated upon."
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities have issued a statement saying,"Following yesterday's incident, we immediately set up an Expert Committee. Their preliminary view suggests that in the rarest of aberrations, the operating team may have disregarded and sidestepped due processes. We take our obligation to patients very seriously. As this is a zero tolerance area for us, the services of erring doctors and 'or' personnel (five) have been dispensed forthwith. Action against some others is also being contemplated, pending enquiry."
The statement further added, "We regret the incident. We would like to re-assure all our patients that we are deeply committed to the purpose of providing sound medical care and to serving them with empathy and warmth."
The Delhi Medical Council has taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and has launched an inquiry.