SRINAGAR: A man who was admitted for nasal surgery in a south Kashmir nursing home was operated upon for piles, his relatives claimed on Saturday.
The doctors allegedly mistook the man for a patient who was supposed to undergo surgery for piles.
The doctors at Mohamadiya Nursing Home in South Kashmirs Pulwama district were supposed to conduct septoplasty on patient Gulzar Ahmad on Friday morning.
But the patient was taken to the operation theater only at noon where doctors conducted the hour long surgery. However instead of nose, the doctor conducted surgery for piles. We were shocked, the patients relative Muzaffar Ahmad said.
He wasnt suffering from piles, the bewildered relative added. The patient was suffering from perforated nasal septum which can be caused by an ulcer, trauma due to an inserted object, long-term exposure to welding fumes. A silicone button is usually inserted in the hole to close the open sore.
We protested against the negligence of the doctor. To calm the tempers, the doctors took the patient again to the operation theatre and conducted septoplasty, he said.
However, the infuriated attendants visited the police station late Saturday evening and tried to lodge a case of negligence against the doctor but police there asked them to come in the morning with a written complaint.
A senior police official confirmed the incident and said that some people had approached them to register a case of negligence. We have asked them to file a written complaint so that we can investigate the case. So far, they didnt turn up, the official said.
Sources said the doctor has offered a huge sum of money to the patient as compensation.
According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Mohammad Hussain a strict action will be taken if the case of negligence by doctor is established. The family should file a written complaint with us. Even then, Ill take note of this incident. If allegations are found true, strict action as per the law will be taken against the accused, he added. (GNS)
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