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.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.