Indian doctor performs leg surgery on patient with head injury

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Updated 24 April 2018
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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.


UK’s Prince Philip ‘shocked and shaken’ after car crash

Updated 18 January 2019
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UK’s Prince Philip ‘shocked and shaken’ after car crash

  • Prince Philip’s vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the Kia
  • Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-color jokes, formally retired from public life in 2017

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip was “very shocked and shaken” after being involved in a car accident that left his Land Rover flipped on its side, a witness reportedly said.
The duke emerged unharmed but two people in another car were injured in the crash that occurred Thursday when the duke was driving near the Sandringham Estate, according to police and Buckingham Palace.
Norfolk Police said two women — the driver and passenger of a Kia — required hospital treatment but were later discharged. It would not confirm reports that a baby was also in the car.
The BBC reported that Prince Philip’s vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the Kia.
Witness Roy Warne, 75, told The Sun newspaper that the Prince was pulled from the wreckage “conscious” but “very shocked and shaken.”
“I saw the car flip,” he said, adding that he rushed to help free the driver before he “suddenly realized it was Prince Philip.”
An image from the accident scene published by a local radio station showed two cars by the side of the road, one on its side with a smashed windscreen and another a few yards away in bushes.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” the palace said in a statement.
“The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.”
She added that the duke saw a doctor “as a precaution” who confirmed he was not hurt.
Norfolk Police said, in accordance with policy in collisions, it breathalyzed both drivers.
“We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings,” the force added.
It said officers were called to the estate shortly before 3:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) “after a Land Rover and Kia were involved in a collision.”
“The male driver of the Land Rover was uninjured,” it added.
“The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment.”
The Press Association reported that there was a passenger in the duke’s vehicle who was likely his close protection officer
The royal couple spends most of the winter at the residence in Norfolk, an English county northeast of London, which continues to operate as a sporting estate.
Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-color jokes, formally retired from public life in 2017.
He has been seen behind the wheel on numerous occasions over the decade, including with world leaders and dignitaries as his passengers.
In 2016, alongside the Queen he drove former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle around Windsor Castle in a Range Rover after they landed nearby in the presidential helicopter.
Meanwhile the duke continued to compete in demanding carriage-driving competitions into his 80s, and has previously pulled muscles in his back while driving his horse-drawn carriage.
Philip described in an interview how he took up carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50, helping to establish it as a sport in subsequent years.
Born a prince of Greece and Denmark, he married then princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.
On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, she said of him: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.”