HYDERABAD: Its been six days that five-year-old Suma Sri developed serious complications after failing to recover from anesthesia administered during surgery at Praja Sai Hospital in RTC Crossroads and hopes are slowly withering her father S Sesha Chary as she is still in coma. The family was informed by doctors that chances for her recovery are slim. “I am exhausted. I am not able to find hope,” he said.
In a similar case, a 37-year-old woman M Jyothi slipped into a coma after she was allegedly administered short general anaesthesia and general anaesthesia at Srujana Fertility Centre, to harvest ova.
Suma Sri was suffering from Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita because of which her knee, hip and other bones were deformed. Her family members took her to Praja Sai Hospital for a minor surgery between thumb and index fingers.
We thought we can take her back home in two days. She had multiple orthepedic problems and she had a beautiful face,” said Sesha Chary.
The parents took her to hospital on September 27 and surgery began at 3 pm. “At around 8 pm, Dr B Subash, the orthopedician, informed us that she was not breathing properly, that she will recover and kept on ventilator. At 5 am next day, he said she might develop fits (seizures) and suggested us to take Suma Sri to a neurosurgeon,” said Charan, Suma’s uncle who was present when she was operated.
The girl was taken to SVS Neuro Centre at Kachiguda. However, not able to bear expenses, the family shifted her to Gandhi Hospital. Sesha Chary works at a Dental Hospital in Mancherial, Adilabad, and the girl’s mother Sirisha is a home maker.
The family said when they asked Dr Subash what went wrong, he reportedly asked them to wait and that he did not do anything intentionally.
“She should recover soon,” said teary-eyed Sirisha. Sesha Chary said Suma was a happy child and she got admission into Lower Kindergarten, skipping nursery. The family did not lodge any complaint with the police.
Dr B Subash, who performed the surgery on Suma Sri on September 27, said he explained the chances of recovery to the father, mother and other family members.
“A child with such condition will have increased risk of recovering from anaesthesia. I explained this to the parents Unfortunately there there was delay in recovering from anaesthesia. We put her on ventilator and she developed fits. In her interest we shifted her to SVS Neurocentre. Chances of recovery are going down day by day,” Dr Subash said.