A private hospital in Delhi has operated upon the left leg of a 24-year-old student instead of the injured right ankle, prompting the Delhi Medical Council to start an inquiry. Ravi Rai, a CA student, a resident of Ashok Vihar, injured his right leg after falling down a flight of stairs on Sunday. He was rushed to Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh and underwent tests including CT-scan and X-Ray following which the doctors said that Ravi has suffered a fracture and that his condition was serious.
Doctors at Fortis Hospital allegedly mistakenly operated upon the left leg of Ravi Rai instead of his injured right leg.
“After the doctors analysed the condition of our son, they suggested surgery on the injured right leg. We agreed to it as it was important according to them. However, we were shocked to know that instead of performing surgery on the injured leg they operated on the other leg,” the patient’s father, told IANS.
The family says that two rods were inserted into Ravi’s left leg. Ravi underwent the surgery on Monday and on regaining awareness he realised that the surgery was conducted on the wrong foot.
The Indian Express quotes the patient’s father, “We found the left ankle was bandaged and on enquiry, we were told a pin had been inserted in it. When we raised an alarm, doctors came and apologised to us, and said they would operate him again, this time on his right leg. We were so angry we immediately asked for his discharge. How can such a reputed hospital make such a mistake? My son is still in so much pain and went through the surgery for nothing.”
In a statement released on Wednesday, Fortis claimed that the hospital had set up an expert committee to probe the incident immediately after the botched surgery. Preliminary findings suggested that the accused doctors had deviated from routine operating room procedures to reduce chances of human error, it added.
According to a report by DNA, Delhi Medical Council Registrar Girish Tyagi said “we have taken suo motu cognisance. We will investigate the matter and take appropriate action.”