Surgery Of A Cancer Patient Mucked Up, Due To Negligence In Providing Medications And Discharging The Patient In Improper Condition.

My mother was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in lower right jaw on 15 May 2017, the doctor suggested to go for surgery immediately. The doctor was very polite on the very first day of our visit to him, he told us that she will have surgery and s... Read More

My mother was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in lower right jaw on 15 May 2017, the doctor suggested to go for surgery immediately. The doctor was very polite on the very first day of our visit to him, he told us that she will have surgery and she will be okay within 15 days and can go home. He didn't even a mention any biopsy result and the possibility of other post-surgery treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, We were quite happy to hear doctor's word as he suggested that this cancer can be treated with surgery only. My mother underwent surgery on 19th May and due to unknown reasons she was kept in the ICU for 5 days. They said that her blood pressure was not stable. After that my mother was shifted to general ward, where within 3-4 days she started to develop a black growth on her surgical wound, upon asking they suggested that it is part of surgery and will go away in few days. From 28th May they started insisting us to discharge the patient and go home, even though the black part was more visible and her sugar level was above dangerous levels (300). Upon insisting they got us discharged as they suggested that it is waste of money to keep her in hospital and infection from others may effect her as well. She got discharged on 31st May. When we get to home, we saw the discharge summary doesn't have anti diabetic medications and we thought it might be covered in already prescribed medicines, but we were wrong. Within a span of 1 day her sugar level went up to 600 and her surgical wound necrosed and we admitted her in emergency on 2nd Jun. They kept her in general ward and said they will not do surgery until sugar is completely normal (this they should have done taken care of before first surgery?). On 9th June on the day of second surgery, out of nowhere after second surgery we got to know from doctor that final biopsy report has come and her cancer was at stage 4. We didn't know that until now, that they even have this kind of a final report. We are sure because of their blunder they have jeopardized my mother's life. After this they suggested lots of other things which they didn't mention even once during our first visit. Just because of their negligence the black part necrosed and a cancer patient with diabetes has to go for surgery again. Due to the second surgery, my mother was no longer able to open her mouth properly and hasn't been eating anything solid. To make the condition worse this second surgery made the probability of cancer recurrence even worse. This is only 1 major incident among several others and there are a lot of others which I would mention briefly. There are a lot of intricate details which I have seen that if disclosed will make them entitled to a committed crime. Due to their treatment, my mother has not yet recovered even after 9 months and the chances of the cancer to coming back again is high. Head and neck cancer are highly treatable among other forms of cancers, if cancer comes back she has very thin chance to survive this time. This all happened because of their fraud and complete negligence.
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  • Sector-1, Noida

Medical negligence can be defined as an act of a doctor, medical practitioner or hospital which may result in injury or loss of health and even life of a patient. An act is considered to be an act of medical negligence if such loss of life or health was avoidable if sufficient measures were taken to provide medical care to the patient. Medical negligence includes the following acts:

  1. Administer a wrong dose of anaesthesia.
  2. Prescribe wrong medicines to the patient
  3. Fail to provide sufficient care to the patient.
  4. Cause any kind of complications in patient's surgery.

A victim of medical negligence or his/her family member can file a case of deficient services against the doctor under Consumer Protection laws in India. You have the option to file a case in consumer forum with help of a good consumer court advocate in India. You can also consult your lawyer to initiate a criminal proceeding against the hospital.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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