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Friday, May 31, 2013

Medical negligence alleged in boy’s death

COIMBATORE: A five-year-old boy admitted at Arun Hospital in R S Puram for a routine tonsil operation on May 22, went into a coma after the surgery and was referred to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital in Avarampalayam on the same day, where he died on Tuesday, May 28. The boy's father has lodged a complaint with the R S Puram and Race Course police against three doctors for causing death due to negligence. The R S Puram police however registered a case against only one doctor for the same. The deceased has been identified as A Arun Adityan from North Housing unit in Selvapuram. The boy was suffering from an infected tonsil. S Arumugam (36), a gold smith and father of the boy, had approached ENT specialist Dr Nagaraj to have his tonsil removed. The operation was fixed for May 22 at Arun Hospital. Dr Santhanam had administered the anesthesia to Arun. After the surgery, the child went into a coma. "When I asked doctor Nagaraj about the health condition of my son, he began asking me personal questions regarding my caste and marriage. Then he told me that anesthesia was not suitable for people of certain castes and since I had a love marriage, my son reacted adversely to the anesthesia," said Arumugam. The boy's father also said that no one consulted him before they referred Arun to Ramakrishna Hospital for advanced treatment. "I was asked to rush to Ramakrishna Hospital where I met the child specialist Jaleel Ahammed. I was shocked when he told me that my child was dead. Twenty minutes later he told me that they were able to revive him and there was a chance that he would survive this ordeal," he added. Arun received treatment till May 28 when he eventually died. The body has been sent to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for post mortem. The victim's relatives besieged the hospital. Arumugam lodged a complaint against three doctors, Nagaraj, anesthetist Santhanam and Jaleel Ahammed with the Race Course and RS Puram police station. RS Puram police inspector S Balamurali Sundaram registered a case against the ENT specialist Dr Nagaraj under section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. On Wednesday, the victim's body was handed over to relatives after the post mortem. "The exact cause of death will be known only after we receive the post mortem report. Subsequently, we will conduct an inquiry with Dr Nagaraj and the others involved," said inspector Balamurali Sundaram. Dr Jaleel Ahammed said that when the boy was transferred to Ramakrishna Hospital on May 22, he was in a coma. He was brain dead and the vital organs had stopped functioning. The boy's family suspects that he was administered the wrong dose of anesthesia which led to a heart attack. Arun Hospital management said Dr Nagaraj was only a visiting doctor who used the hospital's operation and the hospital has no connection with the incident.

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