NEW DELHI: A 24-year-old chartered accountancy student had a horrific experience of medical negligence when doctors at the national capital’s well known Fortis Hospital botched up an orthopaedic surgery by operating on the wrong leg.
Ravi Rai has been admitted to the Fortis hospital, Shamilar Bagh, with a broken right leg. In a shocking incident, doctors operated on his left leg and even inserted metal rod and screws in it. Ravi had his right fractured after he fell down from stairs.
His family rushed him to Fortis Hospital where doctors suggest a number of tests including – a CT-scan and X-Ray. They suggested that his condition was serious and that an immediate surgery would have to be performed. But much to the horror of the family, the doctors performed the surgery on his left leg which was perfectly alright.
“We have lodged a police complaint and shifted our son to another hospital,” Ramkaran Rai, the patient’s father told Express.
Meanwhile, the hospital in a statement said: “Patient safety is of paramount importance to us. We are deeply concerned and are looking into the matter and will take appropriate action as deemed necessary”.
Sources, however, said that the hospital has set up an expert committee to enquire into the matter and the services of the doctors and five other personnel remain suspended.
The family members alleged that the doctors even tried to downplay the incident by telling them that it was a minor incident and that it could be fixed in no time.