Twenty-one-year-old Indraneel Sadhukhan, student of a Kolkata College is fighting for his life. He is waiting for a kidney transplant scheduled for January 16 at Sir Gangaram Hospital.
His mother, Madhumita Sadhukhan, a schoolteacher in Dhanbad, puts the blame for her son’s poor health condition on one Supriyo Mukherjee, who she claims, approached them as a doctor from AIIMS hospital. She has registered an FIR on December 24, 2009, at the Harinagar police station, accusing this ‘doctor’ of attempt to murder, prescribing wrong medication and causing damage to her son.
In her complaint, she claims that the doctor fooled them into paying Rs 1.5 lakh for the two-month-long treatment. She says he had claimed that he was a gynaecologist with All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
“My son was undergoing a dialysis at the Christian Medical College in Vellore when a distant relative, who lives in Kalkaji, told us about this doctor who had cured 11 kidney patients,” said Sadhukhan. “She assured me that though he was a gynaecologist, he was an expert at handling kidney cases and fixed an appointment.”
Dr Mukherjee’s visiting card and prescriptions, copies of which are with HT, claim that he is with the AIIMS. “He stopped Indraneel’s dialysis and prescribed intravenous injections,” said Sadhukhan.
“I was a desperate mother. It didn’t matter to me if the doctor was a gynaecologist or a nephrologist. He was from AIIMS and he assured me that my son would be well,” she said.
Indraneel’s treatment started on July 31, 2009. On October 10, when his condition deteriorated his parents rushed him to the Ganga Ram Hospital where he was admitted for eight days. “Due to Dr Mukherjee’s medication, Indraneel started losing weight. His skin was peeling and he had stopped recognising us,” said Sadhukhan.
The family who is in Delhi for their son’s treatment is now hoping to see the ‘fake’ doctor behind bars. They have also registered complaints with the Directorate of Health Services and the Delhi Medical Council (DMC).
“He is not registered with the DMC. He is certainly a quack and should be tried under DMC Act clause 27, for unauthorised person practicing allopathic medicine where he can face imprisonment for three years with a fine of Rs one lakh. This is a non-bailable offence,” said Dr. Anil Bansal, member, DMC.
When HT called up the numbers on the doctor’s visiting card, a person by the name of Amit answered but refused to let the correspondent speak to Supriyo Mukherjee.