Indian doctor performs leg surgery on patient with head injury

(Shutterstock photo)
Updated 24 April 2018
0

Indian doctor performs leg surgery on patient with head injury

  • The surgeon at state-run Sushruta Trauma Center in New Delhi has been removed from his post
  • Before that, a woman was incorrectly put on dialysis at India’s top-ranked All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences after complaining of minor abdominal pain

NEW DELHI: A surgeon has been stood down from his post at a New Delhi hospital for performing an unnecessary operation on a patient’s leg after confusing him with another man, an official said Tuesday.
The surgeon last week drilled a hole in the right leg of 50-year-old Vijendra Tyagi to insert a pin before realizing he had operated on the wrong patient.
Tyagi had been admitted to the state-run Sushruta Trauma Center in the Indian capital with head injuries after a car accident.
But he was mistaken for another man who had a broken leg, and underwent surgery to repair a fracture he had not sustained.
Hospital medical superintendent Ajay Bahl told AFP the patient was under anesthesia and could not correct the mistake.
The doctor, whose name has not been disclosed, was removed from his post at the center for negligence and placed in a separate facility under the close supervision of a senior doctor.
“The surgeon realized the mistake and removed the pin in corrective surgery. He also apologized for the error but we took strong exception and acted against him,” Bahl said.
Tyagi was discharged from hospital at the weekend but would need a week to completely recover from the unnecessary leg surgery, doctors said.
Reports of medical negligence, often resulting in fatalities, are widespread in India.
Last week two doctors were arrested for negligence after being accused of failing to diagnose a 51-year-old physiotherapist admitted with high blood pressure. She went into cardiac arrest and died.
A week before that incident, a 30-year-old woman was incorrectly put on dialysis at India’s top-ranked All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences after complaining of minor abdominal pain. The doctor tried to tamper with documents to cover up the blunder.
In December a Delhi hospital incorrectly declared a pair of premature twins dead despite one being alive, causing outrage and forcing the government to shut the institution. The infant died at another hospital a few days later.


Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

Updated 45 min 12 sec ago
0

Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

  • The explosion left a 10-meter wide and four-meter deep hole
  • About 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during World War II did not explode

BERLIN: A bomb likely dating to World War II exploded in a field in western Germany leaving a huge crater but no injuries, police said Monday.
The explosion left a 10-meter (33 feet) wide and four-meter deep hole after residents in Limburg, heard a loud noise and felt the earth shake at 0352 (0152 GMT) on Sunday morning.
“The crater was examined on Monday by an explosive ordnance clearance service to find possible fragments,” a police spokesman told AFP.
“The area was used for target practice during the Second World War,” he added.
A bomb disposal service spokesman said it was “highly possible” WW II ordnance was involved.
A local government spokesman in the nearby city of Darmstadt told German daily Bild it was believed the bomb had a chemical-based delayed timer which could have finally eroded.
Nearly 75 years after the end of war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, a legacy of the Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.
Earlier this month, a 100-kilo (220-pound) US bomb from the war, discovered during building work near a shopping complex, was defused in central Berlin after the evacuation of around 3,000 people.
According to experts, 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during the conflict did not explode.