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Gurgaon: Six doctors of Artemis hospital booked for medical negligence

The hospital denied the charge saying Makkar was treated in accordance with standard medical practices

gurgaon Updated: Jun 05, 2017 23:36 IST
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Rajani Makkar (48) died after a surgery to remove her uterus failed. A report sought on the incident alleged negligence.
Rajani Makkar (48) died after a surgery to remove her uterus failed. A report sought on the incident alleged negligence.(File Photo)

Six doctors and the management of a leading private hospital have been booked for medical negligence on the complaint of a city resident.

In his complaint, Ashok Makkar, a resident of New Colony, stated that his wife who was admitted to the Artemis hospital last year in June, died in August owing to the negligence of doctors.

The deceased, Rajni Makkar (48), had consulted Dr. Geeta Baruah Nath in Artemis hospital last year on June 18 as she was having pain in lower abdomen and was advised to have her uterus removed by a laparoscopy procedure. Also, the doctors had informed her that they might conduct an operation in case the laparoscopy fails.

The surgery took place on June 20 where Dr. Baruha and Dr Nidhi Rajotia along with their medical team operated on the victim, the complaint mentioned.

Ashok was informed that as the laparoscopy procedure had failed, they had to conduct open surgery on her wife. Though Rajni was discharged from the hospital on June 24, she kept complaining of stomach aches. The doctors assured the family that the patient would be fine soon.

Meanwhile, Rajni developed high fever and kept on vomiting. Her family got in touch with the doctors and she was re-admitted to the same hospital.

On June 29, Dr Paritosh S Gupta, a surgeon at Artemis Hospital, said that during the laparoscopy procedure her small intestine was ruptured at two places, alleged Ashok.

The doctors performed another operation to fill the ruptured points on June 29 and later they informed that the surgery was not successful. Rajni was on ventilator of 45 days and finally on August 8, 2016, she died as most of her organs had stopped functioning.

“The doctors found out very late that they had ruptured my wife’s small intestine. It was clearly negligence on their part. I lodged a complaint with the police on October 3 last year,” said Ashok. The police received the complaint and sought a report in the matter from a medical institute to corroborate the charges. The police received the report on Saturday from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) Rohtak , after which the FIR was filed.

The six accused doctors of the hospital located in Sector 51 include Dr. Geeta Baruah Nath head, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dr Nidhi Rajotia, assistant Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dr Paritosh S Gupta,surgeon, Dr Devlina Chakravarty, CEO Artemis Hospital, Dr Manjinder Sandhu, medical director and Dr Anjali Kaul, medical superintendent of the hospital.

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A case has been filed in Sector 50 police station under 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“We have got an investigation report from PGIMS, Rohtak regarding the case. The report clearly mentions that there was negligence by doctors. We have lodged the FIR and are working on the case,” said Chandgi Ram, the investigating officer and the assistant sub inspector at Sector 50 police station.

“It is stated that Rajni Makkar was treated at Artemis Hospitals as per standard medical practices. The complications were dealt with effectively with all possible measures,” said Dr. Anil Khetarpal, spokesperson Artemis.