New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) AIIMS administration today removed Chief of the Cardiology Thoracic and Vascular Department Sampath Kumar after charges of medical negligence against him and constituted a committee to probe the allegations.
Twelve-year-old Shering Norbu died allegedly after Dr Kumar performed cardiac surgery on him during which his Ayota Artery, the main blood supplying vessel, was tied up on March 16.
''Dr Sampat Kumar has been removed till the inquiry is pending,'' AIIMS spokesperson Shakti Gupta said.
Dr Kumar's deputy Dr Balram Aren has been directed to take charge of the Department and discharge the duties of the HOD till the Committee submits its report, he added.
The Committee will submit the report within two weeks, he added.
Another surgery was performed on Norbu within a few hours of the first operation but the doctors could not save him and he died in early hours of March 17.
This is the second case of medical negligence in AIIMS which has come to the fore recently. Last week, family of 75-year-old Gokul Prasad, who underwent heart bypass surgery on August 17 at AIIMS and died on September 20, had alleged negligence.
A two to three mm diameter and seven to 10 mm long screw had slipped from the sternum retractor, that is used during the surgery, and the doctors had closed his chest cavity.
However, on October 16, an AIIMS fact finding committee, gave a clean chit to its doctors, saying the patient had died of multi-organ failure.